Search

FA Trophy: Barking 2 Chipstead 1

PUBLISHED: 10:26 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:26 11 October 2017

Barking's Theo Ola on the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Theo Ola on the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)

Archant

Barking boss Justin Gardner finally broke his FA Trophy hoodoo to pick up his first win after eight consecutive first round defeats.

Barking's Jay Knight (pic Terry Gilbert) Barking's Jay Knight (pic Terry Gilbert)

But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Blues in this replay as, after a goalless first half which they dominated, the hosts saw Sam Bell put the visitors ahead on the hour with their first clear chance of the game.

Barking felt Bell was in an offside position before going on to score and it seemed like luck was not on their side as they missed chances either side of Chipstead’s goal.

Goldy Capela headed just wide and Albert Levett saw his shot whistle over from Alan Taylor’s cross, before Gardner called on reinforcements from the bench.

And with 10 minutes to go the fresh legs played their part to put a tiring Chipstead back line to the sword.

Justin Gardner looks on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Justin Gardner looks on (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jay Knight asked questions of his marker, constantly running in behind, but could only manage to hit the goalkeeper with his efforts.

Barking’s pressure finally paid off when Theo Ola’s corner was met by the head of an unmarked Knight who did well to cushion the ball in by the far post to draw the Blues level.

And just when the tie looked like going into extra time, Ola displayed a great deal of composure to confidently curl in an injury-time free kick from 25 yards to send Barking through to the next round where they will face Beaconsfield Town at home.

Gardner was delighted to clinch a long-awaited Trophy win, saying: “Up until we scored I thought it would be a day when we’ve had loads of chances and I think the chairman is going to send me a bill because I’ve given the dugout a good kick in!

“Eight years it’s been. I’ve never won a game and always been knocked out in the first round of this cup. That’s why I’m smiling even more – I’ve got the hoodoo out of my system.

“It’s a great free kick from Theo. That’s what he does, he should be giving that every week, not just at this level. I’m not shocked that he scored it, I’m more shocked when he doesn’t score them.”

Gardner was pleased to see his substitutions pay off and felt it was indicative of the strength in Barking’s squad this season.

He added: “We had a lot of strength on the bench and I thought we would get a goal from the bench. We got the winning goal and an equaliser.

“Shomari (Barnwell) didn’t even get on, that’s how much quality we had on the bench and we made all three subs.

“Jay Knight, I thought me and him were going to have a boxing match after that miss before his equaliser. I was lost for words but he’s come on and scored a header so he made up for it.

“Kieran Hughes-Mason, Theo Ola and Jay Knight would walk into most teams in our league and Kieran was brilliant when he came on.

“But I’ve got to give special praise to Alan Taylor, he was absolutely outstanding. I’m very proud of all my boys.”

The win saw Barking bank £3,000 in prize money ahead of their return to Bostik North action against Mildenhall Town on Saturday.

And Gardner believes his side are on the verge of something special, having had good reason to celebrate himself recently.

He said: “The team that started set the game up well for the finish. They absolutely ran them out of the game and the fans are getting value for money off the back of our performances.

“It’s only a matter of time before a team is on the receiving end of an absolute tonking from us.

“All in all, that’s a well deserved and much needed £3,000 in the kitty and I’ve just welcomed my daughter into the world with a win, so I’m a happy man.”

Barking: Bowles, Tarbard, Levett, Okwera, Adeyemi, O’brien, Taylor, Seymour, Shaban (Hughes-Mason 72), Gilchrist (Ola 73), Capella (Knight 59). Unused subs: Barnwell, Ferguson.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Barking and Dagenham Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Barking and Dagenham Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Barking and Dagenham Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories

Yesterday, 17:50

Essex collected their first win of the Specsavers County Championship season when they despatched Lancashire by 31 runs with more than a day to spare at Chelmsford.

There was no grand finish at the Emirates, where the Hammers slumped to their 1,000th top-flight defeat at the hands of the goal-grabbing Gunners.

Yesterday, 10:00

Lakeside Hammers boss Will Pottinger hailed last heat hero Nick Morris after they snatched a 45-44 win at Ipswich.

Yesterday, 09:30

A member of a Dagenham running club has raised over £1,500 for charity in advance of running the London Marathon.

Yesterday, 09:23

Essex’s James Foster says the defending champions have work to do to complete a win over Lancashire at Chelmsford.

Yesterday, 09:00

A children’s mentor from Dagenham is embarking on his fourth London marathon for children’s charity Phabkids.

Yesterday, 08:00

Barking twice came from behind to earn all three points at Hertford on Saturday.

Yesterday, 08:00

Royal Victoria Docks will play host to the British leg of the UIM F1H2O World Championship in June.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now