Bostik North: Aveley 0 Barking 1
PUBLISHED: 08:36 14 November 2017
Barking extended their winning run to three matches without conceding with a professional display and victory over boss Justin Gardner’s former club. Aveley were intent on avenging their previous loss to Barking in the cup and their best chance of the game came on the 20-minute mark when Alex Teniola hit a volley on the turn which Emmanuel Olajide did well to keep out.
The only goal of the night came when Kiernan Hughes-Mason pounced on a Danny Gilchrist pass into the box, blocking the Aveley keeper’s attempted clearance and then taking the ball around him to slot into an empty net.
Barking came close to doubling their lead when Alan Taylor played a deep cross into the Aveley area which found Theo Ola in space but he could only hit his volley over the bar.
A solid performance from the Blues backline ensured they left Parkside with victory, though, and a delighted Gardner said: “I’m ecstatic, I’m not going to lie. I was a bit nervous coming back to Aveley against my old team.
“I don’t ever want to lose football games and it’s not personal so I apologise if I offended anyone by celebrating the win, but I’m the manager of Barking – I’ve got to celebrate a Barking win.
“It was a tremendous win and more importantly another clean sheet. That’s three on the bounce and we looked mean at the back. We’re restricting teams to long shots, the work ethic is second to none.
“That’s our fourth game in nine days and that’s Aveley fourth game since October 26.
“I can’t be anymore pleased. I think we could have made it a bit more comfortable towards the end by scoring maybe two or three more goals, but I can’t be greedy.
“It was a tremendous victory, but we must keep our feet firmly on the ground and realise that we’ve only just come into this league. We’re on a bit of a run and we’ve got to stay on our feet for when it does stop to be able to bounce back and go on another run.”
Barking: Olajide, Tarbard, Abiola, O’Brien, Adeyemi, Cruz, Taylor, Seymour, Gilchrist (Jaffa 89), Hughes-Mason (Shaban 90), Ola (Reed 74). Unused subs: Knight, Marfo.