Date: Tuesday 20th August 2019
Competition: BetVictor I Isthmian League South Central
Venue: Wodson Park
Starters: Montel Joseph,Ricky Tarbard, Callum Thompson, Ryan Mallett (C), Joe Bruce, Jack Hayes, Sam Owusu, Jed Chouman, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Kojo Apenteng, Emmanuel Ighorae, Johnny Ashman
Substitutes: Kojo Apenteng, Theo Fairweather-Johnson, Donnell Anderson, Jack Roult, Fahad Nyanja
69' Nyanja Ighorae
79' Fairweather-Johnson Ashman
83' Apenteng Chouman
Yellow cards: Owusu, Tarbard
Red cards: None
WORN DOWN AT WARE
Not a night to remember as despite leading twice Barking succumbed to three unanswered goals in the last third of the game. There was no consolation in the fact that we did not score our goals these came courtesy of the home side - also. Olu Akinsanya who featured in a couple of our pre-season games came back to haunt us with a hat trick of well taken goals. There were also some decisions from the officials which did nothing to help ua and our opponents as well. There was one change from Saturday’s line-up with Sam Owusu replacing Kojo Apenteng who moved to the bench and amongst our substitutes we included Fahad Nynja for the first time.
The game started fairly evenly, although the visitors did seem to take a while to get to their passing going. Ware had the first real chance through Liam Hope but Montel Joseph was equal to the shot and managed to palm it away. Sam Owusu had Barking’s first chance but stretching got as much on the keeper as the ball, then came the first of a number of debatable decisions. A cross from Emmanuel Ighorae found Nana Boakye-Yiadom whose goalbound shot was stopped on the line with a raised hand - post match when our Secretary queried this with the referee who was looking straight at the incident said it was the players chest that deflected the ball away !!
Barking did take the lead on 17 when a long Joseph clearance caused problems under pressure from Boakye-Yiadom the head of Tom Boxer was enough to send it past the Ware keeper for an own goal.
Ware equalised on 24 through a well taken goal by Olu Akinsanya an we were back to square one.Both sides tried to take the lead with various efforts that were not good enough but Ware came closest and only excellent reaction save from Joseph stopped them taking the lead and Owusu had the final chance of the half but fired over the bar when he seemed to have a bit more time and space to do better.
A Johnny Ashman effort was Barking’s first after the interval and that was comfortably saved by Charlie Crowley in the Ware goal, we took the lead again on 54 when a Ashman corner was met by Ryan Mallett at the far post and his effort was turned home by Junior Jason Brown for another own goal. After this we came to another controversial incident: Ricky Tarbard was clearly fouled by Tom Bruno and as with the earlier penalty claim the referee was looking straight at the foul, after the usual scuffles that go on and an excessive talk with his assistant the referee booked both players and awarded Ware a free kick. Again when queried post match by our Secretary the answer was both players were equally guilty - what Ricky Tarbard was guilty of and why a free kick was given against Barking for a foul on our own player is puzzling.
On the hour Tom Boxer atoned for his earlier OG when he crept in and finished a cross to equalise for Ware and from thereon in it was downhill all the way as Akinsanya added two more well taken goals in the 64th and 67th minutes to rub salt into the wound.
As the game moved into the final stages Ware had a couple of penalty shouts: one of which suspiciously looked like a foul but the referee showed no interest. Where to now? The answer is to Parkside this coming Friday for a “home” game against Aveley in the FA Cup kick off 7:45pm.
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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