Date: Saturday 26th February 2022
Competition: Pitching In Isthmian League North Division
Venue: Mayesbrook Park
Starters: James Shaw, James Folkes, Barney Williams, Flavio Jumo, Elliot Omozusi (C), Kenidi Dariri, George Okoye, Ben O’Brien, Sam Shaban, Kieran Jones, Osa Otete
Substitutes: Kyle Eam, Tom Salter, Neville Rivelinonza, Louis Dillon, George Purcell
73′ Eam for Shaban
74′ Rivelinonza for Jones
80′ Salter for Otote
Lewis Byrne-Hewitt (Coggeshall) 37′ 0-1
Shaban 45′ 1-1
Lewis Byrne-Hewitt (Coggeshall) 60′ 1-2
Dylan Logan (Coggeshall) 66′ 1-3
Dylan Logan (Coggeshall) 75′ 1-4
Yellow cards: Jones
Red cards: None
Barking continued their record of having never beaten Coggeshall Town and despite being level at the break three well taken goals aligned with some abject home defending killed off any chance of even taking a point from this game.
The game saw Ben O’Brien make his 400th senior Barking 400th appearance in a career that started back in 2009. Two new signings featured one an old face and a new one. The old being Sam Shaban who made his first appearance since December 2017 and the new face was Neville Rivelinonza who made his debut off the bench in the second half.
Barking had an early shout for a penalty for handball which didn’t interest the referee and that aside neither side were making inroads. A typical example was on 17 minutes a good one/two between George Okoye and Flavio Jumo ends with an Okoye cross being too long. The home side step up the pace and a James Folkes cross is headed by Kieran Jones but Sam Shaban is beaten to the ball by Town keeper Matthew Cafer. Chances are coming more frequently and from good work from Osa Otote leads to a cross which is met by George Okoye, but his header is wide. There is a warning to Barking as an unmarked Milo Grimes heads a free kick over the bar and on 37 they do find the target as a cross is headed back to Lewis Byrne-Hewitt who heads home despite vain appeals for offside. The home side rally and a free kick by Kieran Jones is headed over by Ben O’Brien. On the stroke of half time Barking are level as a Barney Williams cross is met by Okoye’s head and Cafer parries the ball only for a defender to clear the ball onto the head of the incoming Sam Shaban who nets from close range.
After the break Barking force the early pressure and Jones’ corner is headed back by O’Brien to Elliot Omozusi who can head over. A sign of things to come occurred shortly after as James Shaw has to be alert to block Tyler Brampton’s shot. On the hour it all starts to go wrong as a spell of Town pressure ends with some loose defending which enables Byrne-Hewitt to score his and the visitors second. Six minutes later it is 3-1 as Shaw fails to gather the ball and he is robbed by Dylan Logan who has the simple task of scoring. Shaw makes up for by saving from Ross Wall, but 15 minutes from time Logan is allowed the space and freedom of the Barking right and he cuts in and fires home to complete the scoring. Despite making three substitutions Barking are unable to make any further progress and just before full time Shaw makes another save to keep out a Seed Growers fifth goal.
We remain second from bottom in the table and with eleven games left it is still possible to escape relegation and the dreaded play off – however, repeats of today’s second half performance will certainly lead to a return to the Essex Senior League we left five years ago.
On Tuesday evening we have a road trip to Felixstowe & Walton United for a rearrangement of the game postponed in January.
Post match there was a presentation to Ben O’Brien by club Chairman (and father) Rob to mark his 400th game.
Report source: Terry Gilbert/Barking FC
Please note that the opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to Barking Football Club.
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