Date: Saturday 2nd April 2022
Pitching In Isthmian League North Division
Greens Meadow
Attendance: 274
Starters: Finley Thackway, James Folkes, Barney Williams, Kenedi Dariri, Elliot Omozumi (C), Jay Leader, George Okoye, Flavio Jumo,  Sam Shaban, Ryan Richefond, Markos Touroukis
Substitutes: Charlie MacDonald, Adeyemi Ayedele, Kieran Jones, Alessandro Wisdom, Osa Otote
35′ Wisdom for Folkes
56′ Jones for Okoye
79′ MacDonald for Touroukis
Josh Mayhew (Stowmarket) 3′ 0-1
Willie Clemons (Stowmarket) 32 0-2
Dariri 59′ 1-2
Shaban 87 2-2
Yellow cards: MacDonald
Red cards: None



Barking rescued a late point to keep their survival hopes alive as they battled back from a 2-0 deficit at half time thanks to another vital goal from Sam Shaban three minutes from time.

Another positive was the return to action exactly six months to the day of Charlie MacDonald as a second half sub and it was a successful one as he contributed to our equalising goal

Josh Mayhew exchanged passes with Willie Clemons and then drove the ball home from his right wing cross after three minutes and Stowmarket looked comfortable in the first ten minutes but it was Barking who went closest next after winning back possession and a George Okoye effort was straight at Town goalkeeper James Bradbrook. Barking forced another save from Bradbrook after 22 minutes as Kenedi Dariri set Sam Shaban through on goal but his effort was strongly palmed away by Bradbrook.


Barking were punished for their clumsiness with the ball in their own half as Stowmarket pounced on the ball with Willie Clemons slotting the ball past Finley Thackway at his near post.

The first chance of the second half also fell to Stowmarket as they couldn’t take advantage of some pinball football but Barking had a route back into the match with 31 minutes to go – a corner by Barney Williams caused a scramble round the home box before falling to the feet of Kenidi Dariri who smashed the ball into the net.


It was Stowmarket who seemed invigorated by the goal however and Thackway was forced into a good save just five minutes later as a cross from the left wing was volleyed towards goal. The game became increasingly more stretched without either goalkeeper really being tested but Barking never gave up and as injury time loomed a free kick by Williams looped off the heads of Jay Leader and Charlie MacDonald before Sam Shaban rose highest from close range to scramble the ball home to secure what could be a valuable point for the Blues.


We are in London Senior cup action on Tuesday evening as we welcome the professionals of Brentford FC’s B team for our first London Senior cup semi final since season 2006/07 – kick off is the usual 7:45 pm.

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.


Stowmarket Town FC v Barking FC - Saturday April 2nd 2022

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