Barking keen to extend their unbeaten run when they host play-off hopefuls Bury Town

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 February 2018

Barking manager Justin Gardner (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barking manager Justin Gardner (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barking will be looking to extend their three game unbeaten run when they face fellow play-off hopefuls Bury Town this weekend.

The Blues welcome Ben Chenery’s men to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday (3pm) after having a weekend off as their match against Cheshunt was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch last weekend.

Boss Justin Gardner expects another tough test and wants to put one over Bury after he feels they were treated poorly in their 0-0 draw at Ram Meadow earlier this season.

“They’re plugging away quite nicely in the league and I’m expecting another tough game like last time,” he said.

“When we played at their place earlier in the season it was probably the worst place we’ve been this season.

“I felt we were treated quite bad and not made feel very welcome at all, I know you’re not meant to feel welcome away but it was like 16 of us against 300, and I’m sure that’s why they have such a good home record.

“I didn’t enjoy that game and neither did the players and we want to get three points this time round.”

Gardner has done his homework and is confident ahead of the clash between eight and ninth in the table.

“I don’t think they’ve changed their team too much and I got a report on their last game and it looks like they haven’t changed the way they set-up.

“I’m confident ahead of every game we go into and as a manager I’m confident in the way I set my team up.

“Nine times out of ten if my players implement what my management team and I say we’re confident we can get results.”

Barking could be boosted for the match by the return of striker Albert Levett and defender JJ Da Cruz for the clash.

“Albert and JJ are available for selection again after being out injured.”

The Blues go into the match on the back of a postponement on Saturday and Gardner revealed he was pleased about the match being cancelled.

“I was over the moon as I probably wouldn’t have made it so when the grounds man told me the pitch was waterlogged I was pleased as I really didn’t want to miss the match.

“It probably wasn’t so pleasing for the players as they would have wanted to play.”

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