Monday 29th August 2016
Essex Senior League
Kick off: 3pm
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Current Form: W L W D L W
James Peagram 19' 41' 57' 64'
Paul Oshin 74'
Ben O'Brien (C)
James Peagram 91'
John Bricknell 61'
Andy Edmunds 74'
Glen Golby 91'
Hullbridge Sports 2
JAMES PEAGRAM IS “FOURMIDABLE” TO LEAVE HULLBRIDGE “FOURLORN”
Barking bounced back from their controversial FA Cup defeat as James Peagram scored four goals to lead them to a 4-2 victory over Hullbridge Sports. It was not all plain sailing however as Hullbridge took the lead early on before Peagram put the Blues ahead before half time. Barking now hope to continue their victorious ways this coming Saturday against Tower Hamlets at the Mile End Stadium.
Hullbridge took the lead after ten minutes as a short corner led to a powerful inswinging cross to the far post where Harry Skinner nodded home despite the best efforts of Michael Green. Green was one of a few changes from the Stanway defeat, with Petrit Elbi and Billy Sendall returning, and also first starts of the season for Jay Taylor and Danny Gilliard – playing in an unfamiliar left-back role. The lead only lasted nine minutes – Elbi played a ball over the top from the half way line which James Peagram finally managed to latch on before slotting low through the goalkeeper’s legs and into the left side of the net from a ridiculously tight angle. Peagram nearly had his second after 33 minutes after a Paul Oshin knock down but his shot was too close to the goalkeeper.
James Peagram did get his, and Barking’s, second as he fought off two defenders to win a ball that had been dinked into the box before toepoking the ball into the left corner of the net. Hullbridge nearly had a quick equaliser before half time as a low cross from the left wing found an unmarked striker but his attempt was over the bar.
The second half started slowly with little to write home about but after 12 minutes Barking had a hattrick hero as the home side counterattacked with John Bricknell crossing the ball into the box from the left wing where it found James Peagram totally unmarked at the near post where he glanced the header across the goalkeeper and into the net.
James Peagram continued to be in the thick of the action and scored the best of the bunch seven minutes later as he ran onto a long ball over the top and volleyed over the goalkeeper and into the net from 25 yards to give Barking a three goal lead and his fourth of the game. The goalscoring continued but at the wrong end for Barking fans as with 15 minutes remaining a cross to the far post was headed out by Ricky Tarbard but only as far as Dean Wallace who pounced and shot low and powerfully across Green into the bottom left corner of the net. Barking were not fazed and continued to pressure as Elbi saw a shot whistle over the bar.
Hullbridge pushed forward with their best chance coming from a free kick but Green was able to collect comfortably. It was a comfortable three points for the Blues who will now look forward to facing Tower Hamlets.
Report source: Trevor Gilbert/Barking FC
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