Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019
Velocity Trophy Group Two

Hayes 1'
Dadson 58'
Dadson 87'
Attendance: 65
Venue: Capershotts
Current form:
Starters: Montel Joseph, Ricky Tarbard, Jack Roult, Max Bradford, Jack Hayes, Daniel Flemming, Johnny Ashman, Abs Seymour (C), Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Kojo Apenteng,Junior Dadson
Substitutes: Kenidi Dariri, Michael Dixon, Sherri Artmeladze, Ryan Mallett, Donnell Anderson
46' Artmeladze Ashman
56' Mallett Flemming 
68' Anderson Seymour
71' Dixon Apenteng
81' Dariri Tarbard 
Yellow cards: Artmeladze
Red cards: None


Barking took another step closer to the last 32 of the Velocity trophy with our third consecutive win in group two. It was also our fifth league and cup win on the bounce and a third consecutive clean sheet on trot, Junior Dadson has scored five goals in the last three games and is our leading scorer with seven (from nine appearances).

There were as expected changes to the starting eleven with Jack Roult, Max Bradford, Daniel Flemming, Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Kojo Apenteng coming and included among the substitutes were 17 year old Kenidi Dariri and Ryan Mallett making a return after injury.

As mentioned in the previous match report against Waltham Abbey games mean goals and in the four games since August 2017 there have been 19 goals shared between the teams.

The visitors got off to the best start possible when Junior Dadson had the freedom of the Abbey left side and although his firm shot was on target Tyla Dickinson in the home goal turned his shot away for a corner. This was only a temporary reprieve as Johnny Ashman’s corner found the head of Jack Hayes and his on target header found the net via a deflection. The boost this early lead gave Barking was obvious as their passing game was in full flow and a special mention to Max Bradford making his first start, his passing and tackling were a feature throughout the game. Not to be completely silenced Abbey had a dangerous cross into our penalty area that was efficiently dealt with by Jack Roult. As the half progressed Barking’s regular penetration of the home side’s high defensive line meant a continual threat to the home goal and on 21 to emphasise this Nana Boakye-Yiadom was through and onside but curled his shot wide. With half time approaching the yellow clad visitors upped the ante with Dickinson first of all denying Dadson and then saving his follow up effort. Four minutes from the interval Ashman was away down the wing but his cross was just too heavy for Dadson who sliced his shot and two minutes later an Ashman corner was cleared off the line by former Blue Junior Appiah at the near post..

At the start of the second half there were five substitutions four for Abbey and our single one was Sherri Artmeladze replacing Ashman. As to be expected the home side came out fired up and for a while there were a lot of green and white shirts buzzing around our goal but there was only one effort of note as another dangerous cross fizzed across our goal but fortunately no one could take advantage. With midfielder Ryan Mallett replacing the injured Dan Flemming at centre half it seemed that we could be under pressure but on 57 Bradford cleverly found Junior Dadson clear and free, he had the time and space to pick his spot to beat Dickinson and give us a two goal cushion. On the hour good work by Artmeladze led to a chance for Boakye-Yiadom but his firm shot was saved by Dickinson. Abbey had a golden chance to get back into the game when from a corner Montel Joseph being crowded out could only palm the ball into the path of a home attacker whose shot smacked the bar and was subsequently cleared. With five minutes left Donnell Anderson displayed some deft footwork to free Boakye-Yiadom but although his effort had enough power it flew over the bar as the Barking striker’s frustrating night continued. However, on 87 minutes a good move which was started by Bradford, culminated with a Artmeladze pass finding Junior Dadson central in the area and again he made no mistake to complete the scoring.

It’s a different cup competition on Saturday as Guernsey FC are the visitors to Mayesbrook Park on Non League Day in the preliminary qualifying round stage of the FA Trophy. Kick off is an earlier than usual 1:30pm.

Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC

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.

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