Tuesday 16th August 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 7:45pm
Venue: The Harlow Arena
Attendance: 58
Current Form: D W W W L W

James Peagram 35' 48' 89'

John Bricknell 58'

Michael Green

Ricky Tarbard

Timi Abiola

Joe Staunton

Ben Higgs

Billy Sendall

Joe Pearman

Liam Burgess 69'

James Peagram 90'

John Bricknell 76'

Petrit Elbi (C)

Ben O'Brien

Paul Oshin 90'

Joe Omogiate 69'

Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou

Steve Willis

Enfield 1893 3
Barking 4


Barking bounced back from their disappointing defeat at the weekend as they won an enthralling match away to Enfield 4-3 thanks to a late free kick from James Peagram, also in the process completing his hat trick. There was another goal also for John Bricknell but it was by no means plain sailing as the Blues twice found themselves behind in the first half. The Blues will hope to keep the momentum going into their FA Cup this Saturday against Stanway Rovers.

Enfield had the first chance with just a minute gone but a header at the far post was easy for Green to collect. John Bricknell saw a shot deflect wide and Petrit Elbi saw a header collected by former Barking goalkeeper Russ Harley before Enfield took the lead in the 19th minute – an attack down the left wing saw an inswinging cross find the unmarked Ashley Blackburn who headed powerfully past the dive of Green. James Peagram, on his first start of the season after finishing his suspension, had a chance to quickly equalise but his effort was too close to Harley. Barking kept up the pressure but could only muster half chances that didn’t challenge Harley before in the 35th minute Ben Higgs ran from deep with the ball and found Joe Staunton who had time to swing a cross past defenders and to the feet of James Peagram who volleyed accurately first time across Harley and into the bottom left corner. Peagram almost had his second five minutes later as a ball from Ricky Tarbard beat the defence but Peagram’s chipped attempt was over the bar. Enfield however ended the first half strongest, firstly hitting the post before, in stoppage time, the Yellows failed to clear a long ball over the top and Lewis Francis collected the ball and slotted low under Green to give Enfield the lead at half time.

The lead only lasted for the three minutes after the restart as Joe Pearman dinked the ball over the defence from the centre circle and James Peagram managed to hold off the defenders before toepoking the ball past Harley and into the net. It was then time for some heroic defending to keep the score level as Enfield counterattacked and Billy Sendall launched himself into a brave block to keep the scores level. The importance of the block was emphasised a short time later, in the 58th minute as a cross by Staunton was met by Petrit Elbi in the box who managed to find John Bricknell on the edge of the box who had to time to powerfully volley the ball across the ground and into the bottom left corner of the net to give Barking the lead for the first time in the game. The goals kept coming however and the lead only lasted four minutes as Billy Sendall was adjudged to have fouled an Enfield striker in the box with referee awarding a penalty. Lewis Francis stepped up and smacked the penalty past Michael Green who dived to his right, correctly, but was unable to keep it out. There was another great chance for Barking five minutes later as James Peagram found himself free in the box after a cross by Tarbard but his header was nowhere near the goal. Both sides pressured without clear cut chances but with the 90 minutes winding down there was nearly another Enfield goal as the Yellows failed to clear the ball and a left wing cross found a striker on the penalty spot but his shot was met by a very important save by Green who not only kept the ball out of the goal but powerfully palmed away from danger. The save was a turning point as Barking launched their own attack as a long ball over the top was kept away from sub Joe Omogiate by the use of an arm leading to a Barking free kick just outside the box. James Peagram stepped up and curled the ball low and around the left of the wall leaving the unsighted Harley no chance as it nestled into the bottom corner of the net to give Barking a late lead.

There was time for one final chance for Enfield as James Briggs stepped up to take a free kick in a similar area to which he scored against Barking for Clapton in the Gordon Brasted Trophy final in May 2015 but luckily this time his free kick was easy for Green to collect. Thankfully for Barking the whistle blew shortly after as they gratefully collected three points.

Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC

Any opinions expressed in this report are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Barking Football Club.


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