Saturday 16th July 2016
Kick off: 12:15pm
Venue: Robert Clack School
James Peagram 8' 20'
John Bricknell 10' 76'
Petrit Elbi 56'
Ben O'Brien 69'
Billy Sendall 72' 7
Ben O'Brien 82' 8
Joe Bricknell 37' 2
Liam Burgess 63' 5
Petrit Elbi 57' 4
Andy Edmunds 72' 6
John Bricknell 57' 3 84' 9
James Peagram 23' 1
Kemari Hypolite 57' 3
Ricky Tarbard 23 1
Timi Abiola 37' 2
John Bricknell 72' 6
Billy Sendall 84' 9
Joe Bricknell 63' 5
James Peagram 57' 4
Liam Burgess 82' 8
Petrit Elbi 72' 7
Kelvedon Hatch 2
Barking hit Kelvedon Hatch for six
Barking bounced back from an early setback to record an emphatic victory against Essex Olympian League Premier Division champions Kelvedon Hatch on the 3G pitch at Robert Clack School, on a sweltering afternoon in Dagenham.
Braces from strikers James Peagram and John Bricknell and further goals from Petrit Elbi and Ben O’Brien ensured Barking’s comfortable victory, but they could have had more.
Blues started the game on the front foot with Peagram forcing the Hatch keeper into making a save within the opening minute.
However, it was Hatch who struck first inside two minutes as striker Lee Newton got in behind Barking’s defence too easily and fired high into the net from a central position.
Barking dusted themselves down and equalised in the ninth minute as John Bricknell provided a cutting pass which allowed James Peagram to fire a low shot to the keeper’s left.
Two minutes later and Barking found themselves ahead when John Bricknell bagged his first goal of the afternoon via a sweet strike from outside the box which ended up in the bottom corner of the net.
Barking restricted Hatch to half-chances in the first half, but they managed to hit the crossbar with a thunderous strike from 25 yards.
Blues then managed to stretch their lead in the 21st minute as James Peagram found himself one-on-one after a through ball from Joe Pearman and sent the keeper the wrong way, affirming Barking’s dominance.
The referee allowed a water break on a hot afternoon and Blues replaced Peagram with Ricky Tarbard, who should have done better after one of many great passing moves down the right wing resulted in him scuffing his shot wide from inside the area.
Barking could not stop Hatch from pulling a goal back after 32 minutes as a good pass got their striker in behind once more and he slotted the ball beyond the onrushing Sam Tanner.
But Blues kept putting pressure on the opposition defence with Elbi’s chip coming down on to the top of the bar and Ben O’Brien’s effort being cleared off the line.
The second half didn’t begin with the same tempo, probably owing to the heat, but Barking never looked in trouble.
After firing a shot over the bar when it seemed easier to score, Petrit Elbi redeemed himself and got on the scoresheet with a calm finish into the corner to restore Barking’s two-goal cushion in the 56th minute.
The lead was extended further by chairman’s son Ben O’Brien who rose highest at a Pearman corner to head home his side’s fifth goal.
After being substituted, John Bricknell found himself re-entering the field of play once more and it wasn’t long before his presence counted as he scored his second of the game.
A nice flick around the last defender by Kemari Hypolite left John Bricknell to round the keeper and tap into an empty net on 76 minutes, completing the scoring.
But there should have been more goals as Barking continued to dominate and, after some more exciting wing play, Hypolite found himself in front of goal on numerous occasions, but could only fire straight at the keeper.
With the Essex Senior League season beginning in just two weeks’ time, the performance as well as the result should give the Blues plenty of confidence.
Their next friendly sees them visit Ryman South side Three Bridges next Saturday.
Report source: Barking & Dagenham Post website
Any opinions expressed in this report are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Barking Football Club.