Barking boss Gardner wants his side to get back on track and start picking up points
PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 January 2018
Barking will be keen to get their season back on track after a miserable start to 2018 as they host high-flying Dereham Town.
The Blues welcome The Magpies to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday (3pm) as they look to stop their descent down the Bostik North table.
Manager Justin Gardner is keen to start picking up results, but is under no illusions as to the task they face against the Norfolk-based outfit.
“It will be a real hard game as I don’t think they’ve conceded in their last four games,” he said.
“Funily enough when we played them at the start of the season, I wouldn’t have said they’d be up there, but they got in the play-off spots early and have stayed there since.”
Barking drew 3-3 at Aldiss Park in September and Gardner is keen to improve on that result this time round.
“We drew up there and hopefully we can go one step further at home,” he added.
“I haven’t seem them play since we played them. I remember when we played their winger was really good and the stand-out for me, I’m not sure if he’s still there as he should be playing at a higher level in my opinion.
“Their striker Ashley Jarvis was a bit of handful as well.”
The Blues will be boosted for the match by their recent trio of signings in Brentwood Town striker Izzy Bademosi, former Phoenix Sports winger Adem Ramadan and defender Mateusz Chelminiak.
“We brought in a few new players this week and they will make their (home) debuts for us,” Gardner said.
“It’s all about getting them to understand how we play as they’re all good players so they should be good additions.”
Gardner also revealed he is not too concerned about their recent form but he does want results to start improving in the coming weeks.
“We’re going through a bad spell, but personally I think we’re probably still punching above our weight,” he said.
“We’re disappointed, though, as a team as we have high standards and want to keep pushing on for better.”
Barking will welcome back influential captain Abs Seymour following his two-match suspension and will be hoping the midfielder can give them a boost.
Gardner is also hoping striker Kiernan Hughes-Mason could return to the line-up.