Saturday 9th July 2016
Kick off: 12:00pm
Venue: Robert Clack School
Joe Omogiate 86'
Joe Pearman 60
Paul Oshin 60
Billy Reynolds 60
Steve Willis 60
Billy Sendall 60
Steve Demetriou 16
Andy Edmunds 60
Petrit Elbi 60'
Liam Burgess 60'
James Peagram 60'
Ricky Tarbard 16'
Timi Abiola 60'
Joe Omogiate 60'
Musa Manneh 60'
Dan Hobbs 60'
Kemari Hypolite 60'
Jason Brown 60'
James Jaconelli 60'
Harold Wood Athletic 2
Barking beaten by Harold Wood Athletic in pre-season opener
Barking began their pre-season campaign with a slender defeat at the hands of lower league opponents Harold Wood Athletic on the 3G pitch at Robert Clack School’s Leisure Centre on a blustery afternoon in Dagenham.
A late consolation goal from young Blues midfielder Joe Omogiate was not enough for Glen Golby’s men to prevent a defeat, but there was an inspired performance from Barking goalkeeper Jason Willis – however he was playing in goal for Harold Wood.
The first half began with a decent tempo, despite the windy conditions, with Essex Senior League Barking having the majority of possession and chances, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Essex Olympian League Harold Wood had the first attempt on goal in the opening stages, but their striker was unable to find the net after a delightful chip over an onrushing Michael Green as the ball went across the face of the goal and was cleared by Barking’s Billy Sendall.
It took some time to get going after that, with neither side taking their chances with any vigour.
Willis gathered James Peagram’s square ball and Petrit Elbi’s half chance with ease, then Petrit Elbi then had a shot saved by Willis’s legs midway through the first half after a piercing through ball from Steven Demetriou had cut open Wood’s defence.
The resulting corner was wasted by the Blues, though, with the ball rolling out for a goal kick.
A momentary lapse of concentration from Billy Reynolds nearly cost his side soon after as he attempted to run out with the ball from defence, only to be dispossessed.Wood’s counter attack resulted in a shot that hit the side netting from a difficult angle.
It could have been so much better for Barking, as Wood guest Willis could not keep hold of the ball after it was ricocheting around the box, leaving James Peagram to smack the right-hand post despite a seemingly open goal.
There was a disappointing end to Demetriou’s day as the midfielder went off on 15 minutes due to a serious-looking knee injury and was replaced by Ricky Tarbard.
Elbi could have put Barking ahead just before the break, but his fierce shot was brilliantly saved by Willis low down to his right.
The half ended goalless, but the start of the second half looked promising for Barking as Joe Pearman found himself on the edge of the penalty area only for his shot to cannon off a post and out for a goal kick.
Barking made wholesale changes around the hour mark as every player, apart from Green and Tarbard, was replaced.
This gave an opportunity for Golby to see some trialists and reserve team players to gain some match-time ahead of the new season.
And Timi Abiola had a good chance following some great, intricate play from Omogiate, whose pass found him in space by the penalty spot, only for him to lean back and send his shot over the bar.
Then, in the 75th minute, Harold Wood broke the deadlock through Reiss Kingsley, who rounded Green and fired in to an empty net.
And Wood’s lead was doubled soon after from a corner, which was headed down into the bottom right corner of the net by Danny Driscoll.
Barking hit back four minutes from time when Joe Omogiate found himself in a one-on-one situation with Willis and coolly slid the ball past the keeper after a through ball from Abiola.
But the goal couldn’t spur the Blues to find an equaliser and Wood held on for their win.
Report source: Barking & Dagenham Post website
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