Saturday 21st October 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Dan Gilchrist 4' 80'
Ben O'Brien 90'
Abs Seymour (C)
Jay Knight 87'
Alan Taylor 79'
Sam Shaban 87'
Goldy Capela 90'
Theo Ola 79'
Waltham Abbey 2
FULL REPORT TO FOLLOW - Interim report
Gilchrist brace can only earn Barking point at Waltham Abbey
Barking were six minutes away from securing an impressive win in the Bostik North, but Waltham Abbey hit back with a late equaliser to ensure an exciting contest ended 2-2.
The Blues visited Capershotts for the return leg of their first league fixture, which saw Abbey run out 3-1 winners at Mayesbrook Park.
It looked like Barking would get the better of Waltham on their home turf, when Dan Gilchrist headed home at the far post from Albert Levetts’ searching cross after 4 minutes to open the score with the Blues first attack off the game.
But when Jack Daveney was brought down outside the area in the 12th minute, his free kick picked out Rimmel Daniel whose towering header set up Darelle Russell to slot home from close range and cancel out the visitors early lead.
The Blues regrouped and had two glorious opportunities to go into half time ahead when former Abbey youth Jay Knight hit the crossbar after a neat give and go in the box with Gilchrist.
Knight would find himself through on goal again soon after - creating an opportunity from almost nothing - but his shot was well stopped by ex-Sporting Bengal United stopper Lewis Lockyer.
Both sides battled to take the lead in the second half and Barking’s Ollie Bowles pulled off a spectacular save to deny Shad Ngandu’s goal bound effort.
Justin Gardner’s side bounced back and Knight again couldn’t find any luck as his looped shot evaded Lockyer but just couldn’t dip under the bar and find the net.
With ten minutes to go, an error from Lockyer handed Barking the opportunity to go back in front and they took it.
He came charging out to clear the ball, but could only kick it as far as Levett, who remained composed to pick out Dan Gilchrist for his second of the game as Lockyer fumbled his effort trying to get back on his goal line.
Conceding a second only turned the game into a real contest again for Waltham Abbey who refused to let their heads drop and battled on to find a late equaliser from substitute Steven Sylvester with six minutes to go to ensure a share of the spoils for both sides.
Report source: Moises Kalukembi/Barking & Dagenham Post website
Please note that the opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to Barking Football Club.