Saturday 26th January 2019
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: The Village Glass Stadium
Joe Bruce 80'
Ben O'Brien 70'
Abs Seymour (C)
Sahr Kabba 27'
Tobi Joseph 76 (2)'
Darelle Russell 27'
Ola Ogunwamide 76'
Kemo Darboe 70'
Witham Town 1
BRUCE WONDER GOAL DENIES WITHAM
Joe Bruce marked his return from suspension with a absolute belter of a goal to earn Barking a point against a Witham Town side who have of late been in fine form of late.
The home side started true to form and early on put the Barking defence under pressure with a succession of corners and only a Tim Brown save and a scrambled clearance stopping them taking the lead. However, we weathered the early storm and tried to play our way out of trouble. A injury to Sahr Kabba making his first start in a Barking shirt meant an early entrance for Darelle Russell on 27 and our leading scorer nearly added to his total with two efforts. The first was blocked at close range by Witham keeper Finlay Shorten and the other flashed past the post from an acute angle. However, we fell behind on 40 minutes when an attack broke down and Johnny Ashman weaved his way across the edge of our box and fired in a curling shot which left Tim Brown rooted to the spot and we went into the interval a goal behind.
The second half started in much the same way as the first with Witham trying to extend their lead and Barking to impose themselves on the game and the home side really should of doubled their lead when a cleared corner lead to a cross which Tim Brown turned Odukoya Ayo's header onto the bar and the same player headed the rebound against the bar. After that Barking managed to get into the game with Kemo Darboe and Ola Ogunwamide replacing Ben O'Brien and Tobi Joseph. We had a strong shout for a penalty when Darboe's shot hit the outstretched arm of former Blue Sam Owusu which the referee waved away, but his assistant waving his flag disagreed. After consultation all that we received was a corner, but the referee's indication that the ball hit the Witham defenders shoulder didn't add up. The resulting corner was cleared and played back and cleared again to Joe Bruce who unleashed the type of unstoppable shot we all dream about which gave Shorten no chance and Barking a point. There was further drama as the referee suffered a calf injury and decided he could not continue, after talking with his assistants and a tannoy appeal for any officials who may be in attendance yielded no joy, he decided he could run the line and one of his assistants took his place. The long period of deal delay meant any momentum we had bult up was lost - however, following the restart there were only two real chances: one for WItham and a Darboe shot which cleared the bar. The game was brought to a close in the 58th minute in the second half.
On Tuesday we make the short trip down the A13 to Parkside to play Aveley who will no doubt be looking for points to bolster their promotion bid following their loss to Bowers & Pitsea.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
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