Tuesday 9th August 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Attendance: 64
Current Form: W L D W W W

John Bricknell 26'

Petrit Elbi 57' 89'

Jason Willis

Ricky Tarbard

Brad Ling

Paul Oshin 70'

Steve Willis

Ben Higgs

Joe Pearman 80'

Ben O'Brien (C)

Petrit Elbi

John Bricknell 65'

Liam Burgess

Timi Abiola

Joe Staunton 70'

Joe Omogiate

Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou

Andy Edmunds 65'

Barking 3
West Essex 0


Barking were victorious in the inaugural “Mayesbrook Park” derby v West Essex as they ran out 3-0 victors thanks to two goals from Petrit Elbi and another by John Bricknell. Barking now have a 100% record after three competitive games this season, scoring nine goals and conceding none. The Blues will hope to continue their good form as they face Barkingside at Cricklefields.

West Essex started well and were rewarded with the first meaningful chance after four minutes as Steve Willis fouled an attacker in a dangerous area. Luckily Jason Willis was on hand to palm the resultant free kick away from any danger. Barking quickly got up the other end and saw a good shout for a penalty turned down as they tried to convert the chance. West Essex had another chance after 12 minutes but Willis saw the effort comfortably over the bar. Barking were keeping pace when it came to good chances as two minutes later a quick free kick fell to Joe Pearman and his cross was deflected to Ben O’Brien in the box but his volley cleared the bar. It was then West Essex’s time to see a good penalty appeal turned down by a referee as Steve Willis leant into a cross but the referee was again unmoved – both teams continued to have issues with the referee’s decision making throughout the game and these two decisions (or lack of) were not helpful to his cause. The tenants at Mayesbrook Park were left to rue this decision as after 26 minutes Paul Oshin capitalised on a poor clearance from the goalkeeper and passed to John Bricknell who cut inside of one defender before shooting past the goalkeeper at the near post – the goalkeeper having been wrong-footed by Bricknell’s initial movement. A lull followed, but just before half time there was another dangerous free kick - definitely harsh on Paul Oshin who seemed to win the ball as he attempted to prevent a West Essex counterattack. To compound another debatable decision by the referee Oshin was also booked. Barking were let off the hook as a West Essex free kick routine meant that one of those originally standing over the ball was free in the box but he scuffed his shot well wide of the goal.

It was a scrappy start to the second half as West Essex attempted to get an equaliser but it was Barking who got the second goal as a Bricknell cross from the left wing was met by Pearman who deftly headed the ball down for on running Petrit Elbi who powerfully volleyed the ball over the goalkeeper using his side foot into the roof of the net. It was nearly 3-0 five minutes later as Oshin won the ball again from a poor clearance but this time a chipped attempt by Liam Burgess was wide of the post. A minute later and Barking did have the ball in the net as Ricky Tarbard was on hand to tap in from a yard out after Bricknell had his header saved but the goal was disallowed for offside. From there West Essex saw more of the ball but failed to create clear cut chances as Barking looked to conserve energy before their next games but there was time for a third goal for Barking just before the end as substitute Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou crossed the ball low from the left wing into the box were it found Petrit Elbi who turned and shot across the goalkeeper into the bottom right corner of the net for his fifth goal in three games this season, and his twelfth for Barking overall.

Etiam enim dui, dictum vitae lobortis quis, placerat feugiat Minutes later and the game was over, with Barking three points better off and now with back-to-back wins in the Essex Senior League this season. Barking now have consecutive away games, as they first face Barkingside at Ilford FC’s ground – Cricklefields, before travelling to Harlow FC to play Enfield 1893..

Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC

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