Saturday 22nd October 2016
FA Vase - First Round
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Emerald Park
Current Form: W W L W W L
Paul Oshin 72'
Ben O'Brien (C)
John Bricknell 78'
Omari Delgado 67'
Liam Burgess 72'
Sam Dennis 78'
FA Vase: Barking go out at Gorleston
Barking fell at the first hurdle in this season’s FA Vase after conceding a goal in each half at Emerald Park.
Blues, handed a bye to the first round, made the long trip to Norfolk after the Emerald Park pitch was declared playable, having been very soggy in midweek.
And they travelled on the back of a 2-1 midweek win over Waltham Forest, with a seven-point lead at the top of the Essex Senior League table.
The visitors had a chance to open the scoring during a fairly even opening spell, but Joe Pearman shot straight at keeper Taurean Molloy, then a cross flew over James Peagram’s head.
Gorleston had a great chance to get their noses in front when a deep corner was crossed back into the box and a shot was saved by Michael Green.
But Peagram fired a free-kick just past the post for Barking as they began to look the stronger of the two sides and Pearman had a shot saved, after Gorleston had seen a header go wide of the target. More Blues pressure ended with Peagram having a header saved low down by Molloy, before Peagram, Pearman and Omari Delgado all went close during a goalmouth scramble.
But the home side then took the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half time as a shot was spilled by Green and Joel Watts pounced on the loose ball to turn it into the net.
Gorleston began the second half well, with a decent effort from just outside the box flashing just wide, while Peagram went close with a lob at the other end and Delgado saw a low shot from the edge of the box go just past the near post.
John Bricknell then got in behind the home defence, but was denied by a fine save by Molloy at his near post, and Gorleston promptly went and doubled their advantage to leave Barking with a mountain to climb.
The hosts went close to a third, firing over from the edge of the box, before Blues made a double change and brought on Liam Burgess and Ashley Wackers-Kyriacou for Paul Oshin and Delgado.
But the visitors could not find any reply and made the long journey back to Essex with a rare taste of defeat, ahead of a return to league action at Redbridge on Tuesday.
Report source: Barking & Dagenham Post website
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