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A spot of bother as Barking are beaten

PUBLISHED: 15:12 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 August 2010

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Barking 0 Concord Rangers 1 A FIRST half penalty was the difference between the two sides, as Barking were beaten by promotion-chasing Concord Rangers on Saturday. Danny Heale scored the away side s goal, converting a spot-kick after

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Barking 0 Concord Rangers 1

A FIRST half penalty was the difference between the two sides, as Barking were beaten by promotion-chasing Concord Rangers on Saturday.

Danny Heale scored the away side's goal, converting a spot-kick after Neil Matthews was adjudged to have handled on the line. Barking battled away and created second half chances but they could not score that vital goal to earn a share of the spoils.

Manager Dave Ross was happy with the performance and bemoaned the awarding of the penalty afterwards. "We played very well and I feel we deserved to win," he said.

"Over 90 minutes they had one shot on target and that was the penalty. I'm sure it came off his shoulder and both me and the player are gutted about the decision.

"I was very happy, generally we defended well throughout the game. We do need to create a little bit more though and take what chances come our way, but we will work on that."

After a frantic opening period, Barking came close to opening the scoring after 15 minutes, as a Matthews cross was headed goalwards by Jimmy Noakes, but was saved by James Hussey in the Concord goal.

The visitors had a chance of their own when a long ball forward found the nippy Michael Begg, but the former Brentwood striker was denied by captain Alan Lethbridge's impressive tackle.

After 29 minutes the visitors took a lead they never surrendered when a shot from Kevin Mully was deflected past the post by Matthews with the aid of his shoulder.

Heale stepped up to fire the ball past Stone for his 33rd goal of the campaign and although the Barking keeper went the right way, the power of the kick gave him no chance.

Nine minutes from the break the home side almost levelled when a long throw by Alex Simm was flicked on by Aaron Gayle to Noakes whose firm shot was blocked by Hussey. "Their keeper pulled off a couple of very good saves," Ross said.

"It was a chance for Noakes but it was more a good save then bad miss."

The second period saw both defences on top as the home side's best two opportunities came through hard work and endeavour.

After 57 minutes an excellent Matthews ball into the box was headed back across goal by Bradley Thomas and although Noakes outmuscled the defenders around him to make contact with the ball, his effort screwed horribly wide.

Abraham Adejokun chased down a lost cause, saving the ball from going into touch. He then fired in a good cross which found the head of substitute Fabio Jesus. The striker had only been on the field two minutes and met the ball firmly but was denied by Mully, who blocked the effort for a corner.

"For a moment it looked like it could have been a great piece of management," smiled Ross. "It was the nearest we got, in truth, and it was more a half chance, again it was a good save by their keeper."

After that the home side were unable to create a real clear cut chance and with the clock running down Duane Miller was introduced as a third striker in place of defender Daniel Scadden but the gamble did not pay off as Concord held on.

Barking: Stone, Hughes, Lethbridge, Scadden (Miller 82), Simm, Matthews (Jesus 66), Dennis (Omobeghin 74), Thomas, Gayle, Noakes, Adejokun. Subs: Paul, Clark

Attendance: 52.


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