Deadlock at the Dog
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Essex Senior League: Clapton 0 Barking 0
Honours finished even at the Old Spotted Dog after a goalless derby stalemate.
Charlie Liddiard made his 100th appearance for Barking, who arrived on the back of a 1-0 win at Saffron Walden in the Essex Senior Cup in midweek.
But both sides lacked bite, with most of the action consigned to the middle third of a bumpy pitch.
Tons went close early on, before Ben O’Brien sent Barking’s first chance wide on 20 minutes.
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Wayne Baker had to be alert to keep out a bobbling shot, using his feet to save, before Ryan Creed had a shot deflected wide at the other end.
Liddiard had the best chance of the half just before half time but Tons keeper Pape Diagne was relieved to see the ball crash off a post.
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Diagne saved from Luke Stanley soon after the restart and he also denied Lindispho Mtyanda, but Tons saw a header go just over on 63 minutes.
Diagne tipped a Mtyanda free-kick over the bar soon after but chances were at a premium after that as Barking’s back four of Brad Ling, Glen Golby, Steve Willis and James Barlow held firm.
Clapton turn their attentions to the Gordon Brasted Trophy on Tuesday, when they welcome London Bari to the Dog.
Meanwhile, Barking will swap focus to the Essex Senior Cup on Wednesday, as they visit Southend Manor in the second round.
Barking: Baker, Ling, Barlow, Golby, Willis, Mtyanda (Foster 70), Stanley (Gabriel 60) (Dennis 86), O’Brien, Liddiard, Owusu, Creed.
Hullbridge 6 London Bari 3
London Bari were hit for six at North Road.
Dean Wallace headed the hosts in front after only two minutes and Perry Dunn smashed a shot against the crossbar on 13 minutes.
Bari levelled midway through the first half, but Hullbridge regained the lead just before the half-hour mark as Wallace set up Rob Lacey and it was 3-1 just before the interval as Dunn’s looping header found the net.
The second half was barely a minute old when Liam Nash volleyed Hullbridge’s fourth goal and Jamie Buffin made it 5-1 on the hour.
Nash netted his second and the home side’s sixth on 69 minutes, before Bari hit back with a late brace to give the final scoreline a little more respectability.
Bari: Pecorari, Sonupe, Bryan-Carney, Onwugbonu, Odama, Mpalampa, Greenslade, A Adetunji, Lawal, Cookey, I Adetunji. Subs: Owase, Oni, Sanda, Akinola, Tejoiobo.
Enfield 5 Tower Hamlets 1
Inconsistent Hamlets slumped to a heavy defeat at Harlow, where Enfield broke their duck for the season.
Having beaten Newham in their east London derby in midweek, AJ Olatunbosun’s side fell behind after three minutes as Jones struck for Enfield.
Hutchinson made it 2-0 on 21 minutes, with Akintide and Wood scoring four minutes apart around the hour mark.
Johnson hit back for Hamlets two minutes from time, but Enfield had the final word as Samuel netted their fifth in stoppage time.
Sporting Bengal 0 Southend Manor 0
Honours finished even at Mile End Stadium after a hard-fought scoreless draw.
Both sides had chances to win it, but Bengal had to settle for a point and will now play host to FA Cup giantkillers FC Romania in the Gordon Brasted Trophy on Wednesday.
They booked their place in the second qualifying round of the cup with a 3-1 win at Ryman One North side Sudbury on Saturday, earning £3,000 in prize money, and will be eagerly awaiting the draw on Monday.