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Essex Senior League: Barking manager Glen Golby content after overcoming tough Southend Manor test

PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 March 2017

Barking's Billy Rix sizes up his options against Southend Manor (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Billy Rix sizes up his options against Southend Manor (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues struck three times in final 25 minutes to triumph at Mayesbrook Park

Barking joint-player/manager Glen Golby was pleased his team finally found a way past a dogged Southend Manor to win 3-0 in the Essex Senior League.

In a clash between two sides near the top end of the table, the Blues could not find an opening in the first 45 minutes at Mayesbrook Park.

The second period was a different story, though, as Billy Rix, Petrit Elbi and Joe Staunton all found the net.

Victory took Barking to within five points of the title, and Golby was pleased the hosts finally found the keys to unlock Manor.

“It was a nice win for us and Southend Manor played exactly as we expected them too, sitting deep,” he said.

“They wanted us to break them down, and for 60 minutes it was difficult, but once we scored it opened them up a little.

“From then on, I felt we were comfortable and there only ever looked to be one winner.”

All three of Barking’s goals against Manor came within in the final 25 minutes, with the Blues enjoying a stellar end to the game.

But Golby does not believe that the hosts’ late flourish was down to having superior fitness levels.

“We were dangerous from set pieces throughout the game and even in the first half,” he added.

“It seemed that would be the best way for us to open the scoring as they were making it difficult for us in open play.

“Once we did, they had to chase the game and leave themselves a little more open at the back, which we exploited, so I wouldn’t say it was down to superior fitness.

Barking’s win over Manor was made all the better by the news that Clapton had been held to a 1-1 draw by the Blues’ tenants at Mayesbrook Park, West Essex.

And Golby believes there is every chance that Tons could drop further points this weekend, which would strengthen Barking’s grip on the title.

“We knew it was going to be a hard game for Clapton as West Essex have come into a bit of form recently,” he added.

“It was a game that we felt Clapton could drop points in, and we also think they might drop points against Sawbridgeworth Town this weekend.”

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