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Essex Senior League: Barking boss Glen Golby wants to extend Waltham Forest’s blip

PUBLISHED: 14:33 18 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 18 October 2016

Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby heads just wide (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby heads just wide (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues boss keen to make the most of Stags’ recent patchy form

Player/joint-manager Glen Golby is confident Barking are playing Waltham Forest at the right time in the Essex Senior league with tonight’s visitors to Mayesbrook Park suffering something of a bad patch.

Having started the season with eight wins from their first nine games, the Stags have won just one of their last four matches in the league.

The Blues, meanwhile, head into the midweek clash chasing a seventh straight win in the division having thumped Burnham Ramblers 7-0 on Saturday.

And Golby knows Barking have the quality to get another good victory tonight as they bid to stake an early claim for the Essex Senior League crown.

“It will be another tough game for us, even if Waltham Forest have had a bit of a blip in recent weeks. Everyone has one of those at some point in the season,” said Golby.

“Hopefully we are playing them at the right time and it would be good to get another win against a team near the top.”

Barking take a four-point lead at the top of the standings into tonight’s game and the Blues even have six games in hand over nearest challengers Hullbridge Sports.

In their fourteen league games to date, the Mayesbrook Park outfit have collected 37 points from a possible 42, losing just the once.

It is a sensational run that has some suggesting Barking might just break the record for most points in an Essex Senior League season, which stands at 96 and was set by Bowers & Pitsea last season.

The league, however, has expanded by one team this season to 22, and Golby believes that means the Blues may have to surpass Bowers’ record if they want to win the title.

“Looking at the table, I think 99 points should be enough to win the Essex Senior League, giving you room to drop around 27 points,” he added.

“At the minute, we’re looking strong and it is something that we are very keen to continue in the coming weeks.”

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