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Barking boss Gardner keen to build on first win at Mildenhall

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 September 2018

Barking goalscorer Joe Bruce is hugged by teammates (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking goalscorer Joe Bruce is hugged by teammates (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner is keen to build on their first victory in the Bostik North when they make the trip to Mildenhall Town this weekend, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Blues will travel to Recreation Way on Saturday as they look to make it back-to-back wins and start climbing up the league table.

“Hopefully we can build on that last result in the league against Romford,” Gardner said.

“It will be a tough trip to Mildenhall who have got off to a decent start to the season themselves.

“We know it will be a tough game, but it’s one we’re really looking forward as well.”

The 38-year-old former Billericay Town boss praised Hall striker John Sands and says his side will have to beware of him but insists they must just concentrate on their own performance to come away with the three points.

“They’ve got John Sands who was at Canvey Island – he is a proven prolific goal scorer at this level,” he added.

“They’ve got a couple of other players I know quite well, but we will be worrying about ourselves. We’ll be prepared for it either way.”

Gardner praised the way Mildenhall treated them last season when his side nicked a 2-0 win last season thanks to goals from former player Billy Jones and current defender Ben O’Brien.

“They’re nice people there and when we went there last year and they treated us really well,” he said.

Barking revealed this week that striker Joe Benjamin has left by mutual consent after the club made multiple signings last week, including Afolabi Obafemi from Bostik Premier Division side Wingate & Finchley and Olajuwon Ogunwamide from Essex Senior League Woodford Town.

“It was all about balancing the books really, we brought in Afolabi Obafemi from Wingate & Finchley last week, so I’m not looking to replace Joe,” said Gardner.

“I’m happy with what we’ve got now at the club. We just want to get our best team out on the pitch and fully fit as a few are a bit behind or struggling with fitness.”

Obafemi hit a hat-trick in a 6-0 friendly win at South Park on Saturday, with Abs Seymour, Joe Bruce and Larry Akandi also on target.

Blues were due to host Balham in the London Senior Cup last night (Tuesday).

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