Thursday 14th July 2017
Kick off: 6:45pm
Venue: Henderson Sports & Social Club
Joe Pearman 48'
James Peagram 78' 85'
Michael Green 46' 1
Ricky Tarbard 46' 2
Steve Willis 75' 9
Billy Sendall 46' 3
Joe Omogiate 46' 4
Ben O'Brien (C) 56' 6
Joe Pearman 75' 8
Liam Burgess 63' 7
James Peagram 46' 5
Sam Tanner 46' 1
Brad Ling 46' 2
Timi Abiola 63' 7
Billy Reynolds 46' 3
Andy Edmunds 46' 4
John Bricknell 56' 6
Kemari Hypolite 46' 5
James Peagram 75'8
Billy Sendall 75'' 9
Harold Hill 1
Barking continued their pre-season campaign with a comfortable victory against Essex Olympian League side Harold Hill at Henderson Sports & Social Club on Thursday evening.
A brace from striker James Peagram helped Barking bounce back from their 2-1 loss to Harold Wood Athletic at the weekend, on a sloping pitch.
And it was Barking who dominated the early proceedings with Joe Omogiate and Liam Burgess having early chances, but unfortunately not managing to hit the target.
The visitors attempted a pressing game early on and it almost paid off when Ben O’Brien won the ball back in midfield, played it forward to Petrit Elbi and he produced a lovely back heel into Peagram’s path, but the striker dallied and the chance was gone.
Another bright spark in the first half was that of full-back Joe Bricknell whose direct free-kick from approximately 25 yards was tipped over the bar by Harold Hill’s goalkeeper in the 22nd minute.
Shortly after, joint player-manager Steve Willis went close with a half volley attempt that went over the bar.
Barking keeper Michael Green was a spectator for the majority of the first half but was kept on his toes just before the break as a 25-yard strike produced a fine save, low down to his right.
The first half ended goalless which signalled five substitutions from Barking during the interval.
Sam Tanner deputised in goal for the second period, replacing Green, as Kemari Hypolite, Billy Reynolds, Brad Ling and Andy Edmunds also came on for Peagram, Reynolds, Sendall, Tarbard and Omogiate, respectively.
Barking did not have to wait long for the deadlock to be broken as Joe Pearman found himself in the box on 48 minutes and hit a fierce shot into the top left corner with his right foot.
Possession was changing hands on a regular basis in the second half which beckoned more Barking substitutions as John Bricknell and Timi Abiola came on to replace O’Brien and Liam Burgess in the centre of midfield.
This sparked a more offensive period for Blues with Elbi placing a shot just the wrong side of the post from the edge of the box and Abiola’s fierce strike stinging the palms of the Hill keeper.
Peagram then re-entered the action and he made his mark in the 78th minute, as Andy Edmunds produced some good play on the right wing and played the ball across the face of goal for James Peagram to tap in his first goal of the match from two yards out.
Barking’s lead was halved four minutes later as Harold Hill’s George Seuters scored directly from a free-kick just outside the penalty area, when his shot went through the wall and under Tanner’s outstretched arm into the bottom corner.
In the 85th minute, Barking’s two-goal cushion was restored as James Peagram bagged his second goal of the evening, finding himself one-on-one with Harold Hill’s keeper and calmly sliding the ball into the back of the net.
Tanner managed a top class save late on as Harold Hill attempted to pull another goal back, as a strong shot from 25 yards out was heading towards the top right corner until the Blues keeper got a strong palm to the ball and turned it out for a corner.
The result would have pleased Barking, although the nature of Hill’s goal would have frustrated the visitors.
Report source: Barking & Dagenham Post website
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