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A victory at last as Blues end long wait

PUBLISHED: 16:34 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 July 2010

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Barking 2 Burnham Ramblers 1 Barking chalked up their first Essex Senior League win in 2008 as they recorded a vital victory over Burnham Ramblers. A first senior goal for Bradley Thomas and a dramatic last minute Abraham Adejokun stri

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Barking 2

Burnham Ramblers 1

Barking chalked up their first Essex Senior League win in 2008 as they recorded a vital victory over Burnham Ramblers.

A first senior goal for Bradley Thomas and a dramatic last minute Abraham Adejokun strike saw off the challenge of the Ramblers as Barking climbed up to fourth place.

The Blues were without Darren Bennett and Daniel Scadden, who were both serving 35-day suspensions after being sent off in a reserve game.

Early chances were few and far between with defences on top, although Barking came close when a Thomas shot went narrowly over the bar.

Barking were forced into making changes 28 minutes in when captain Matt Toms was taken off with an ankle injury.

The reshuffle was a set-back for the home side as Burnham took the game to Barking. The Ramblers had an excellent chance to take the lead after 30 minutes when Blues stopper Liam Stone failed to collect a cross. But with the goal gaping, the Ramblers player shot wide.

Barking re-grouped and could have themselves taken the lead but Burnham goalkeeper Dave McCartney did well to deny Jimmy Noakes.

The Blues started the second half strongly as McCartney is once more called upon this time to keep out a shot by Neil Matthews. Minutes later McCartney was once more the saviour of the away side as he stopped Noakes from scoring.

The Essex club were dominating but were finding it difficult to beat in-form McCartney. When they did find the net, it would prove to be a goal few keepers could keep out.

Victor Omobeghin was brought down 35 yards from goal. With few options, Thomas let fly with a powerful drive which nestled in the top corner of the net. Barking started to play free-flowing football with one such move culminating with a Matthews shot smacking against the bar.

After a period of domination from Barking, Burnham eased their way back into the game and 74 minutes in scored a controversial equaliser.

Stone was seemingly fouled as a Burnham corner was played into the box. With the keeper unable to claim the ball, Michael Barrows was on hand to power his header home.

Barrows' goal spurred on the away side as they searched for all three points and were unlucky not to take the lead when a Burnham shot is deflected onto the post, rebounding into Stone's arms.

The young keeper was called into action again moments later turning a goal bound shot onto the cross bar. Stone's heroics are not to be in vain as Barking scored a winner one minute from time.

Matthews' header was flicked on by James Hughes, Adejokun reacted well at the back post and from and almost impossible angle, diverted the ball past defenders and into the net handing giving his side a vital win.

The victory puts Barking on 38 points and in fourth place with only goal difference separating the Blues and the two teams below them.

Barking: Stone, Paul, Toms (Ombeghin), Simm, Hughes, Matthews, Dennis, Thomas, Noakes (Greenwood), Miller (Mottram), Adejokun. Sub: Clark.

Attendance: 64.

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