Saturday 20th August 2016
Emirates FA Cup -
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: W W W L W D
Ben O'Brien (C)
Billy Sendall 55'
Joe Pearman 16'
John Bricknell 76'
Liam Burgess 16'
Ben Higgs 55'
Glen Golby 76'
Stanway Rovers 0
Barking face FA Cup replay after stalemate
Barking need a replay in order to progress to the first qualifying round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup after a goalless draw with Eastern Counties League side Stanway Rovers in an Essex derby at Mayesbrook Park.
Blues had set up this tie by beating Essex Senior League rivals Takeley 2-0 at Mayesbrook Park two weeks ago, while Stanway earned a 1-0 win over FC Romania.
And the home side were in good form coming in to this encounter, winning three out of four in the league, but they were unable to create any rhythm in a drab affair, hampered by the blustery conditions for much of the afternoon.
Barking began on the front foot and had their first attempt after just 14 seconds, but John Bricknell’s half volley from outside the box curled wide.
Stanway came into the tie more after that as their long throw-ins from Jack Cawley caused the home defence problems, with one such effort on nine minutes headed on at the near post but falling comfortably into the hands of Jason Willis.And it was Burgess’s through ball that put Bricknell one-on-one with visiting keeper Rhys Hughes, only for the striker to shoot straight at his legs.
The only other point of note for Barking in the first half was an attempt from James Peagram, who had netted a hat-trick in their midweek win at Enfield.
But his effort was a carbon copy of Bricknell’s attempt in the opening minute, as Peagram’s half volley was also screwed wayward.
It was the same story after the interval, with Barking struggling with their passing in the final third, albeit as conditions did not help either side. Barking’s distribution from the back was poor throughout the game and it almost cost them as substitute Terry Amass nearly capitalised for the visitors.
Ben Higgs attempted to run the ball out from defence, only to be dispossessed by Amass, whose shot flew inches wide of goal.
The game began to ebb and flow with Barking only managing to create half chances for themselves as many of their crosses into the box were cleared.
At the opposite end, it was Stanway who created their best chance in the 75th minute and William Hunt almost turned a cross into the far corner of the net, but it fell wide.
Arguably the best chance of the match came in the 78th minute when Peagram’s direct free-kick from 25 yards went over the wall but dropped agonisingly wide, with Hughes stretching.
Barking’s joint player-manager Glen Golby is hoping to replicate the run he had with previous side Redbridge in 2011, when they reached the second round proper, and brought himself on with 13 minutes left to play.
And Golby almost scored the winner with a diving header at the far post, only for the ball to travel wide of the target.
That was as good as it got for the Blues, who need to play much better in order to fulfil their potential and go on a cup run.
Report source: Benjamin Cohen: Barking & Dagenham Post website
Any opinions expressed in this report are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Barking Football Club.