Bostik North: Barking 3 Norwich United 1

PUBLISHED: 08:33 15 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:18 15 April 2018

Barking's Ben O'Brien celebrates a goal (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Ben O'Brien celebrates a goal (pic Terry Gilbert)


Barking got back to winning ways at Mayesbrook Park as Norwich slumped to the foot of the table.

Beaten at Brentwood and Maldon in their last two outings, Justin Gardner’s men got off to a fine start back on their own turf and never looked back.

Only three minutes had been played when long-serving Ben O’Brien hooked home a left-footed shot in the box, when a free-kick was not dealt with by the visitors, to net the 51st goal of his Barking career, on his 346th appearance.

The Planters made a change just past the half-hour mark as Sonny Carey replaced Liam Jackson, but Blues doubled their advantage on 56 minutes through Kiernan Hughes-Mason.

After some patient approach play in midfield, the ball was played into the box from the left wing by Hughes-Mason and although Kemo Darboe stole in behind a static defence he could not get a touch as the ball bobbled past Andy Wilton.

Norwich substitute Damon Cooper halved the deficit with 17 minutes remaining, though, when a free-kick from the left was headed back across goal for him to volley past Chris Clark.

But Barking made sure of the points two minutes from time when Albert Levett threaded the ball through for Hughes-Mason to touch past the onrushing Wilton and into the net for his second goal of the afternoon and 10th of the campaign.

Blues remain in ninth place, but their play-off hopes are now over as they are 11 points off the top six with only three games remaining.

Barking: Clark, Tarbard, Ramadan (Taylor 85), O’Brien, Benoit, Da Cruz, Monville, Seymour, Hughes-Mason (Adeyemi 90), Darboe (Jones 75), Levett. Unused subs: Peart, Reynolds.

Attendance: 85.

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