Monday 28th August 2017
Bostik League North
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: The Village Glass Stadium
Ben O'Brien (C)
Billy Jones 65'
Kreshnic Krasniqi 71'
Goldy Capela 79'
Dan Gilchrist 79'
Taylor Tombides 71'
Theo Ola 65'
Witham Town 1
BARKING AT THEIR WIT(HAM)’S END
Barking left Witham scratching their heads as to how they fell to their second 1-0 defeat in three days. Barking had numerous chances in the first half and Witham had their goalkeeper Lewis Moore to thank as he stood strong to deny Goldy Capela several times. Witham took the lead in the second half through Tim Monsheju and Barking struggled to break down a strong second half defence.
The game struggled for quality early on and it took until the 16th minute for the first chance which fell to Witham as a dangerous cross from the right wing flashed across goal towards Monsheju but to Barking’s relief he couldn’t make contact with the ball. Barking forced Lewis Moore into his first save after 24 minutes as Abs Seymour crossed from the left wing and it was met by Goldy Capela who turned and volleyed in one motion but his attempt was too close to Moore who saved well. Minutes later and Capela had the ball near the Witham goal again but his volley was wide. The chances for the Blues (playing in Yellow) mounted up in the last ten minutes before half time – Timi Abiola, playing at right back, found Capela in space on the edge of the box, he turned and advanced towards goal and hit a pile driver across Moore but he was equal to it to palm the ball away. Alan Taylor from the right wing then passed the ball inside to Capela, he feigned to cut inside but shot powerfully at Moore’s near post but he was just about equal to it. Taylor and Capela linked up again as Taylor found Capela through on goal but Moore was out quickly to deny Capela again. Taylor had a chance for himself from a counterattack in first half stoppage time but he was denied by a good defensive block.
The second half saw an early chance for Witham but Akwasi Marfo did enough to put the attacker off before initiating a counter attack which saw Taylor shoot wide. Billy Jones managed to find himself some space in the box but his shot after 52 minutes was too close to Moore. Witham saw a header from a corner go over the bar after 57 minutes but secured a hammer blow a minute later as a long throw was headed out but only to Tim Monsheju on the penalty spot who headed the ball across goal into the bottom right corner of the net despite the attempts of Timi Abiola. It took ten minutes for Barking to respond as Capela found space on the edge of the box but his powerful attempt was too close to Moore. Barking struggled to break a resilient Witham defence down and it took until the 87th minute for the next chance of note as Moore palmed away Timi Abiola’s cross/shot from the right wing of the box. The best chance fell to Steve Willis in injury time as a long throw fell to him just outside the 6 yard box but his volleyed attempt through a group of players crept wide.
Barking fell to their third defeat of the season in four games but must take positives from a game where they looked impressive going forward and could consider themselves unlucky to not grab a point at least. Barking now turn to the FA Cup where they face a journey to Gorleston.