Saturday 3rd December 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: W W L D W W
Omari Delgado 36'
Petrit Elbi 42'
James Peagram 86'
Max Watters 88'
Paul Oshin 80'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Omari Delgado 57'
John Bricknell 65'
James Peagram 57'
Max Watters 65'
Wadham Lodge 0
Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby was pleased his side maintained their concentration throughout after a 4-0 win in the Essex Senior League over Wadham Lodge.
All of the Blues’ goals came in the closing minutes of their respective halves, with Omari Delgado and Petrit Elbi netting in the final ten minutes of the first period, while James Peagram and Max Watters struck in the last four minutes of the match.
The victory kept Barking at the top of the standings, three points clear of Southend Manor, but Golby admits there were times when he was worried the win would not come.
“Prior to the first goal, we had a couple of chances and hit the bar, so we thought it was going to be one of those days,” said Golby.
“The first goal seemed to settle us down a little and though Wadham Lodge had a lot of the ball in the second half, they didn’t do much with it.
“When Max came on, he did really well and it was great for him to get a goal and an assist on his first league appearance for us.”
While the margin of victory would no doubt have pleased Golby, the defender would have also taken pride in keeping a clean sheet too.
It was the first time in four matches in all competitions that the Blues recorded a shut out, and Golby was most pleased, not least because their stopper on Saturday was a recent addition.
“It was good to keep a clean sheet because we had a new keeper in goal in Rob Hatton,” he added.
“On the whole, the first 20 minutes or so was not good, though, and the ball didn’t seem to be sticking up top.
“The forwards were creating chances for themselves and after the first goal, there only seemed to be one team in the game.”
Any opinions expressed in this report are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Barking Football Club.