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Barking assistant Thomas is expecting a tough test in the FA Cup against rivals Bowers

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 August 2018

Barking's Rashid Kamara netted in their 3-2 defeat to Witham Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Rashid Kamara netted in their 3-2 defeat to Witham Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking assistant manager Andre Thomas is expecting a tough game in the FA Cup preliminary round against Bostik North rivals Bowers & Pitsea this weekend.

Barking's Daniel Cheema netted in their 3-2 defeat to Witham Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's Daniel Cheema netted in their 3-2 defeat to Witham Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

The Blues make the short trip to the Len Salmon Stadium on Friday (7.45pm) as they look to progress into the first qualifying round of the competition.

Thomas and his side will also be keen to bag the £2,890 in prize money to help boost the club’s finances for the rest of the campaign.

“It’ll a tough game and a special game,” Thomas said.

“Bowers will be a difficult game and with it being an FA Cup game on a Friday it should draw in a big crowd.”

The former Clapton assistant praised Rob Small’s side and believes they have players that can cause problems if they don’t shut them down.

“Bowers will have the likes of Fahad Nyanja, Quentin Monville and Lewis Manor who’ll cause issues if we let them,” he said.

“For us it’s about neutralising them as a whole and playing our game to the standard we know we can.”

He also revealed the prize money would be a huge boost to the club, but the most important thing is to getting into the winning habits after a miserable start to the league campaign with two successive defeats.

“The prize money will definitely help us but the pressure we will be putting on ourselves is that we want to win the game to get into good habits so we can get some momentum and bring it into the league,” he added.

Blues go into the match on the back of a late heartbreak defeat as they fell 3-2 to Witham Town thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Johnny Ashman.

“It was very difficult to take, our performance and application deserved so much more,” Thomas said. “Last-minute winners are always special when it goes for you, but terrible when it’s against you.”

Thomas did feel there were plenty of positives to take from the game and it’s just about putting everything together now to change their fortunes, adding: “There were loads of positives. Some of the football we played was so impressive.

“The initiative of the players, some of their decision-making and things we worked on in training was all evident. We just need to tighten up.”

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