Saturday 24th September 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: W W W D W W
Paul Oshin 7'
James Peagram 39' 81'
Paul Oshin 65'
Joe Staunton 71'
Ben O'Brien (C)
Joe Pearman 58'
Matheus Santos 71'
Liam Burgess 65'
BARKING RECORD COMFORTABLE VICTORY OVER CLAPTON
Barking continued their rich vein of form as they won 3-0 against a Clapton side in transition after the installation of their new manager. An early goal for former Ton Paul Oshin was added to by James Peagram who scored another double to keep himself at the top of the goalscoring charts. Barking now play West Essex for the second time this season.
The first five minutes saw two early half chances for the Blues as James Peagram saw a shot caught by Clapton ‘keeper Richard Robins while Glen Golby – this time playing in defence headed a long throw wide. Barking kept up the pressure and Peagram found himself in space on the edge of the box but Robins palmed the shot away for a corner. Joe Pearman swung the corner to the far post where it was met by the head of the unmarked PaulOshin who headed the ball down into the ground and into the left side of the net to give Blues the lead against his former club. Oshin continued to be a force in the Clapton box and nearly doubled the lead after 13 minutes but he dragged a shot wide after the ball had been set back to him by Peagram. Clapton had their first chance a minute later as a quick freekick routine fell to an unmarked Clapton attacker in the box but his attempt was poked wide. Barking were still the better team however and a long ball over the top by Petrit Elbi was latched onto by James Peagram but after nearly rounding Robins he lost his balance and failed to properly connect with an attempt on goal. The chance seemed to wake Clapton up as they had a period of extended possession but failed to challenge Willis before Barking made it 2-0 after 39 minutes. Barking’s high line led to Joe Staunton winning the ball in the middle of the park – he played in Elbi down the right wing who had the time to square the ball across goal to James Peagram who had an easy tap-in from eight yards. Barking nearly had a third before half time as Joe Pearman set Peagram down the left wing where he attempted to repay the favour to Elbi as he crossed into the box but his aerial ball was volleyed wide.
Petrit Elbi started the second half how he ended the first – dangerous in the Clapton area. A long throw was headed down in the box where it fell to Elbi but his dipping volley clipped the crossbar before going out of play. The 57th minute saw another good Barking chance as Staunton and Peagram combined with Peagram cutting in to shoot from the left wing but Robins was equal to the chance to palm it away. Clapton had a chance with 30 minutes remaining but the cross was headed over the bar. The game became a midfield battle which was won by Barking with 10 minutes left as Elbi won the ball in the Clapton half before running down the left wing and cutting the ball to James Peagram who had all the time and space on the penalty spot to poke the ball past the goalkeeper for 3-0. It should have been four and a reward for Elbi five minutes later as sub Matheus Santos put Elbi through on goal but after he rounded the goalkeeper he smacked the post from close range. Jason Willis was forced into his first good save with three minutes remaining as a Clapton striker managed to get a powerful shot on target from a narrow angle but Willis was down quickly to palm the ball away from his near post.
Injury time saw Elbi again denied, this time by a good save from Robins after Peagram had passed the ball across goal. Barking however comfortably took the three points but the score line could have been more.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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