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Barking boss Gardner reveals disaster trip to Sudbury cost them dearly

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 January 2018

Barking's Billy Jones gives chase at Sudbury (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Billy Jones gives chase at Sudbury (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner believes their disaster of a trip up to Sudbury cost them as they suffered a 3-1 defeat.

The Blues got a mini bus for their trip to The Wardale Williams Stadium but endured a nightmare journey as the door broke as they pulled up for petrol.

It went from bad to worse for Gardner’s men as they fell to their third successive league defeat after a slow start in Suffolk.

“To be honest it was a bit of a disaster on Saturday we left to get to the ground with plenty of time,” Gardner said.

“We got to a petrol garage and the door wouldn’t close on the mini bus door and we had to wait there for 40 minutes to have it fixed and didn’t get to the ground until 2.35pm.”

Gardner also revealed they pushed for a delayed kick-off but were refused by the referee upon their arrival.

“Our secretary was already there and we asked him to see if we could delay the kick-off slightly and then when we pulled up I run straight to the referee to see if we could just push it back 15 to 20 minutes.

“Sudbury had no problem with delaying it but the referee refused.”

The former Aveley and Billericay Town boss believes rushed preparation cost them dearly as they found themselves 2-0 down after just 12 minutes.

“We only had 17 minutes to get changed and warmed up which didn’t help us prepare.

“We were 2-0 down after 12 minutes, saying that it was still not good enough, but the preparation did play a big part.

“Next time I will just stay out on the pitch and ignore the referee to let us prepare.”

Barking was 3-0 down at half-time but came out and won the second-half thanks to a goal from Billy Jones from the spot in the 80th minute.

“Second-half we managed to get to grips with it and were the better team,” Gardner admitted.

“If I’m honest, and this is no disrespect to Sudbury, if we got prepared properly I felt we would have won as the goals were just not being at the races.”

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