Date: Friday 14th January 2022
Pitching In Isthmian League North Division
Mayesbrook Park
Attendance: 176
Starters: James Shaw, James Folkes, Barney Williams, Jess Norey, Elliot Omozusi (C),  Jay Leader, Flavio Jumo, Kieran Jones, Freddie Parker, George Purcell, Harvey Browne
Substitutes: Kenedi Dariri, Charlie Heatley, Seb Towse, Osa Otete, Tom Salter
68′ Dariri for Jumo
78′ Salter for Browne
83′ Heatley for Purcell
Shad Ngandu Penalty (Maldon) 35′ 0-1
Purcell 50′ 1-1
Parker 48′ 2-1
Williams 72′ 3-1

Yellow cards: Folkes, Jones
Red cards: None



After last Saturday’s late postponement and their defeat against Hashtag United Barking bounced back from with an important 3-1 victory against Maldon & Tiptree. Maldon took the led with a generously given penalty in the first half but the Blues turned the game around in the second half for a deserved three points.

There were changes in the starting eleven: George Purcell and Flavio Jumo have returned to the club and we welcomed a new face on loan from Lewes FC, Freddie Parker who marked his debut with a goal and an assist.

The Blues had their first chance through debutant Parker as he latched onto Jess Norey’s dink but he couldn’t direct the ball on goal. Kieran Jones should have opened the scoring but his header back across goal crept wide. It was Maldon who took the lead with what can be generously described as a fortunate penalty decision as Shad Ngandu ran across the front of Jess Norey and went down under minimal contact – despite the lack of appeal and Barking protestations a penalty was given which Nqandu despatched despite Shaw’s best efforts.


Barking’s bitterness at the decision subsided five minutes into the second half as an aerial ball was nodded on by Parker and found the returning George Purcell and his acrobatic turn and shot found the net.


Shaw was on hand to palm a shot away after 56 minutes but the Barking comeback was complete two minutes later as Freddie Parker found space in the box to chest down a cross from Williams and he duly poked the ball past the Maldon goalkeeper Tommy Dixon-Hodge and into the corner of the net.

MATFC14012211Barking looked more dangerous and doubled their lead after 72 minutes after Purcell was fouled on the edge of the box. Jones played a short ball back to Barney Williams who unleashed a 30 yard piledriver that flew into the top left corner of the net.


Shortly afterwards Shaw made an excellent save from a corner but Maldon hardly threatened as Barking stood firm to secure a vital three points and climb up to fourteenth with Saturday’s games to follow.

Barking are quickly back in action as we travel to Parkside on Monday for the fourth time this season to take on Aveley FC in the third round of the Essex Senior cup, the original tie was postponed in December – kick off is at 7:45pm.  

Report source: Trevor 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.


Barking FC v Maldon & Tiptree FC - Friday January 14th 2022

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