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Barking boss Gardner wants to keep picking up points to ensure Bostik League status

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 February 2018

Billy Jones of Barking (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Billy Jones of Barking (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking will be looking to extend their unbeaten run when they face basement club Cheshunt this weekend.

The Blues welcome The Ambers to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday (3pm) as they look to continue putting points on the board to ensure their place in the division.

Manager Justin Gardner is still putting safety at the forefront for the club – despite being in a play-off hunt in the Bostik North.

“I feel 10 points more and we will be safe. I know we’re probably safe already, but that will ensure us,” he said.

“That was the goal going into the season – keeping the club in the division – so we will achieve that first and take each game as it comes.

“We’re in a good place and we just have to keep doing what we have been doing all season.”

The boss admits it will be no easy ride against Craig Edwards’ men this weekend as he believes they are in a false position and will climb up the table.

“In terms of the club, they’re probably in a false position and should not be at the bottom,” Gardner said.

“They’ve got a good manager in Craig and I’m sure he will turn things round.”

Gardner also revealed he wants his players to be as up for this match as they have been for the last three against leaders Hornchurch and promotion rivals Dereham Town and Canvey Island.

“I know I have no problem getting my boys motivated to play the teams up the top of the league, they need to make sure they’re up for this one,” he said.

The former Aveley and Billericay Town is looking forward to coming up against Edwards and believes he knows what Cheshunt will bring.

“I know a lot of their players. Craig has kept around 60 to 70 per cent of the squad since he came in and the players he’s brought in, I’ve either worked with or know what they’re about,” he added.

“I know how Craig sets up and we know each other very well, so he’ll know how I like to set up as well. It should be a good match and I’m looking forward to it.”

Gardner did admit his side will have to wary of The Ambers top goalscorer Jason Hallett, though, adding: “Jason, without a shadow of a doubt, is their danger man. Leave him open and he’ll score, he doesn’t score 30 goals a season for no reason so he’ll be the one we’ll have to look out for and we need to keep him outside the box.”

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