Saturday 19th November 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Wadham Lodge
Attendance: 47
Current Form: L W L W W W


John Bricknell 36'

Omari Delgado 74'


Jack Kelly

Ben Higgs

Ricky Tarbard

Paul Oshin

Steve Willis

Jay Taylor

Petrit Elbi 84'

Ben O'Brien (C)

James Peagram 76'

John Bricknell 63'

Joe Pearman

Omari Delgado 63'

Glen Golby

Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou
84'

Liam Burgess 76'

Joe Staunton

Waltham Forest 0
Barking 2


Goals from John Bricknell and Omari Delgado led a Barking side to a 2-0 win over fellow title hopefuls Waltham Forest despite a red card in the first half. John Bricknell made the breakthrough in the first half before Joe Pearman was sent off but this didn’t stop Omari Delgado smacking the ball home to give the Blues what turned out to be a comfortable victory.

The first chance fell to Ben O’Brien but he headed a Ben Higgs cross wide of the goal after three minutes. Waltham Forest then dominated possession but failed to create anything past some half chances that did not test debutant goalkeeper Jack Kelly before Petrit Elbi saw his first chance after 21 minutes go just wide of the left post after finding space on the edge of the box. Kelly was forced into his first save as he made a diving catch but the Blues (playing in Yellow) continued to ramp up the pressure and nearly took the lead after 28 minutes. Elbi again found himself on the edge of the box with space and his outside of the foot shot was destined for the top corner but a Forest defender managed to head it onto the crossbar. A powerful low cross from Ben Higgs was nearly turned into his own goal by a Forest defender with the same nearly happening from the resultant corner but after 36 minutes Barking got their breakthrough. A high line which was forcing Forest defenders into mistakes finally paid dividends as James Peagram was gifted the ball – he managed to find John Bricknell in space near the box who jinked past the defender and in on goal before using the outside of his foot to bend the ball around the goalkeeper and into the bottom left corner of the net. The Barking joy was dealt a blow as Joe Pearman reacted angrily to not being awarded a foul and his resultant bad language earned him a red card for dissent.

The second half started similarly to the first with Forest having most of the ball but this time they managed to test Kelly with a free kick in a dangerous area after 53 minutes. Barking nearly had their second three minutes later as a free kick from Bricknell was flicked on by Ben O’Brien where it found the head of James Peagram but his looping header only found the crossbar. Forest were not fazed and continued to press as a left wing cross was headed over from close range at the far post. Bricknell saw a direct free kick palmed away by the Forest ‘stopper but it was the home side who continued to pressure but their failure to convert was punished as a Forest corner was headed away at the near post to Elbi – he broke forward before playing Ben Higgs down the right wing who played the ball back inside to Omari Delgado who broke free of the last defender – before shooting low and hard at goal with the goalkeeper deceived by how early Delgado had shot and the power of it. It didn’t matter to Barking though who had their two goal cushion even with the numerical deficit. Barking saw out the last 15 minutes with only one final free kick for Forest which comfortably cleared the crossbar – summing up their day in front of goal.

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.

Photos

Waltham Forest FC v Barking FC - Saturday November 19th 2016

Videos

Petrit Elbi hits the bar

John Bricknell puts us one up

John Bricknell's free kick is saved

James Peagram hits the bar

Omari Delgado scores our second

Videos courtesy of Ashley Hanson

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