Barking lord it over Southend Manor
PUBLISHED: 08:41 19 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:42 19 March 2017
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Barking v Southend Manor
Barking go close against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Southend Manor clear the danger against Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)
Billy Rix heads Barking in front against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Joe Staunton gives chase (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Ben O'Brien heads goalwards against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Paul Oshin battles for the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's James Peagram attacks against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Petrit Elbi scores Barking's second goal against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Joe Staunton flicks the ball goalwards against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Joe Staunton turns to see the ball hit the back of the net against Southend Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking moved to within five points of the Essex Senior League title with victory over Southend Manor at Mayesbrook Park.
Blues moved to 87 points following their latest success, with six games remaining, while third-placed rivals Clapton were held to a draw by West Essex and can now only reach a maximum of 92 if they win their last five fixtures.
And table-topping Barking have a vastly superior goal difference of plus-72 to Clapton’s plus-28 as the season draws to a close.
Both sides battled against windy conditions in a physical first half, which ended goalless.
But Barking broke the deadlock midway through the second half when Billy Rix headed home on 66 minutes and doubled their lead when top scorer James Peagram teed up Petrit Elbi.
Manor had a chance to hit back when they were awarded a penalty, but Rob Hatton saved the spot-kick and Joe Staunton put the icing on the cake with a backheeled finish in the third minute of stoppage time.
Blues will now turn their attentions to the league cup and a trip to Sawbridgeworth on Tuesday, before returning to league action to host Eton Manor next weekend.