Barking keen to extend their winning run against the big boys ahead of Canvey clash
PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 February 2018
Barking will be looking to continue their form against the Bostik North big boys as they face Canvey Island this weekend.
The Blues head to The Frost Financial Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to make it three consecutive wins in a hard run of fixtures.
Justin Gardner’s men have nicked victories against leaders Hornchurch and high-flying Dereham Town and will be hoping to cause another upset.
“Canvey are third in the league and it has been good to get victories over clubs in and around the promotion places, but we’re not thinking about the play-offs at the minute,” Gardner said.
“You’ve got to remember this is a tough league and there is still so much to play for, so we’re keeping our feet firmly on the ground.
“We’re seven or eight points off safety as well despite our league position, so we’re just enjoying the games as they come which is the main focus as well as keeping the team in the league as it’s our first season back.
“Come closer towards the end of the season we find ourselves in this position it would be great, but a result in the next game is our week in, week out target.”
The former Aveley and Billericay Town boss also revealed they will not be making many changes ahead of the clash.
“We aren’t making too many changes to the team – it will be pretty much the same as the last two games,” he said.
“We’re going to keep competing and make it difficult to concede and minimise the defensive errors like we have done at Hornchurch and Dereham.
“Canvey at home are dangerous – they’re an established club at this level and they’re at home against little old Barking.
“Jordan Peart has done well for us in the last few games since he joined us. We’ve played well collectively in defence and getting forward in attack and I won’t be looking to change the team too much.
“I’m looking to keep as much of the squad that played at Dereham for the Canvey game albeit those who are carrying injuries.”
Teddy Nesbitt, Dan Gilchrist, Martin Tuohy and Albert Levett will be keen to come up against their former club.
“Nesbitt was at Canvey recently and we have Gilchrist, Tuohy and Levett facing their former club so that adds to the occasion, but every player in the squad is equally as motivated as the next,” added Gardner.