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Manager of month Gardner wants Barking to keep right mentality to extend streak

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 December 2017

Barking's Kiernan Hughes-Mason shapes to shoot (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Kiernan Hughes-Mason shapes to shoot (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking boss Justin Gardner is delighted with the winning mentality amongst his squad ahead of their weekend clash with Bostik North high-flyers Bowers & Pitsea.

Barking's Justin Gardner receives the manager of the month award for November from Bostik League secretary Kellie Discipline (pic Terry Gilbert) Barking's Justin Gardner receives the manager of the month award for November from Bostik League secretary Kellie Discipline (pic Terry Gilbert)

The Blues are now unbeaten in their last 12 league matches and currently sit in fifth place in the table.

Gardner and his men will now make the trip to the The Len Salmon Stadium to face one of league favourites for a play-off place on Saturday (3pm) as they look to continue to upset the league’s big boys.

“I attribute our recent performances to the togetherness and effort of all the boys, they want to go the extra yard for each other. We want to upset the apple cart and beat the odds, we’re not happy with just staying up in the league,” Gardner said.

“I’m a winner and this squad and management team is full of winners and we want to win trophies and build on the club’s success.”

Barking won the Essex Senior League title last season to win promotion into the Bostik North and after a bit of a rocky start have charged up the standings.

Gardner was also named manager of the month for November and he is under no illusions of his side’s achievements, but wants it to all continue.

“The club may be overachieving at the moment and may it continue,” he added.

“We’re keeping our feet on the ground for now, but at the same time we’re hungry.”

Barking were due to make the short trip to league leaders Hornchurch last night (Tuesday), but the Bridge Avenue pitch failed a lunchtime pitch inspection, with many other local fixtures also postponed.

Gardner also revealed last week’s 3-3 draw with Brentwood Town taught him a lot about his side after they fought back to earn a point from being 3-0 down.

“We’re unbeaten in 12 games, the run won’t last forever but in those patches where things aren’t going our way that’s when I’m going to be looking for a reaction like Tuesday’s,” he said. “I learnt more in that game than I did in our previous 10 games when we were just winning and not conceding, so it’s just about keeping our foot on the gas.”

The Blues will be hoping Saturday’s match goes ahead to keep their momentum going into the Christmas period.

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