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Champions Barking have bumpy landing against Stansted

PUBLISHED: 11:43 30 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 30 April 2017

Barking's Steve Willis gets in a shot (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Steve Willis gets in a shot (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking goalkeeper Rob Hatton made an appearance in midfield against Stansted (pic Terry Gilbert) Barking goalkeeper Rob Hatton made an appearance in midfield against Stansted (pic Terry Gilbert)

Essex Senior League champions Barking were brought down to earth by the Airportmen on the last day of the season.

Blues had secured the title three weeks earlier and brought up 100 points with victory at Southend Manor in their penultimate match of the campaign.

But they were condemned to only a sixth league loss of the season by Stansted at Mayesbrook Park, despite opening the scoring.

Barking included joint-managers Glen Golby and Steve Willis in a three-man defence, while goalkeeper Rob Hatton was given a run out in midfield alongside Liam Burgess, James Jaconelli and Matheus Santos in a much-changed side.

Barking's Glen Golby gets in a shot against Stansted (pic Terry Gilbert) Barking's Glen Golby gets in a shot against Stansted (pic Terry Gilbert)

And Willis put Blues in front, before Sam Ashford replied for Stansted from the penalty spot and Jack Isherwood gave the visitors the lead with a wonder strike.

Tom Le Masurier went close to making it 3-1, before Barking got back on level terms thanks to Willis.

Jordan Westcott restored Stansted’s lead, though, and Ashford grabbed his second goal of the game to make it 4-2.

Tom Lakin completed a fine day for the Airportmen with their fifth goal, as they ended the season in eighth place and joined Barkingside, Sawbridgeworth, Ilford, Clapton and FC Romania as the only teams to get the better of the champions.

Barking's Joe Pearman in action against Stansted (pic Terry Gilbert) Barking's Joe Pearman in action against Stansted (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking: Green, S Willis, Golby, Tarbard, Hatton, Burgess, Jaconelli, Santos, Peagram, Abiola, Pearman.

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