Essex Senior League: Barking primed for final away day at Southend Manor
PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 April 2017
Blues hope their good form on the road continues at Southchurch Park
Barking hope they will like being beside the seaside on Saturday when they make the trip to Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League.
The Blues have already wrapped up the title with two games left, but know a win in either fixture would see them reach 100 points.
It will be tough against a Southend side who for so long this season looked like being one of Barking’s title rivals, before fading in recent weeks.
And joint player-manager Glen Golby is well aware of the task that faces the Mayesbrook Park club on their trip to the seaside.
“Southend have shown this season they can be a tough side, but they are a young side too,” he said.
“Credit must go to Stuart Marshall (Manor’s boss) for the work he has done and also in giving youth a big chance this season.
“If you look at their squad, their oldest player is probably around 25, but that’s not to say they won’t work hard and I’m sure Stu will get them up for it.”
Saturday’s trip will also be the final away game this season for Barking, who have been good on the road this term.
So far this season, the Blues have lost just twice away from their Mayesbrook Park base, winning half of their matches on their travels.
And Golby believes that form provided Barking with the base to go on and win the title this season.
“We’re pleased with our away form this season and it’s probably among the best in the division,” added the defender.
“I feel that it’s in away games where you win titles, as long as you are winning all your home games, as it means you are taking points off other teams.
“If you can regularly pick up points away from home, then you will be near the top of the table, like we have been this season.”
The Blues will head to Southend confident having beaten Sporting Bengal United 2-1 on Saturday, with the Mayor of Barking & Dagenham, Eileen Keller, in attendance at Mayesbrook Park.
Goals from James Peagram and Joe Pearman guided the Blues to the success, though Billy Rix did see red for the hosts.
Although Golby was disappointed with the dismissal, he was pleased with how things went on the whole as Barking were able to celebrate their title success at home.
“Saturday was a great celebration though it was slightly marred by Billy getting sent off, but these things can’t be helped,” he added.
“Both teams played well and I think the kids in attendance would have really enjoyed what they saw in the game.
“It wasn’t two teams hoofing the ball, both teams were trying to keep it on the floor and play nice football, which was good to see at the weekend.”