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Barking aim to cut down Forest and keep race alive

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 February 2015

Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues beat Clapton at weekend before drawing with Haringey last night

Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking face Waltham Forest this weekend hoping to further boost their aspirations of winning the Essex Senior League title.

Mick O’Shea’s men closed the gap at the top of the Essex Senior League table to six points following their 1-0 win against local rivals Clapton on Saturday at Mayesbrook Park.

Barking's Luke Foster on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's Luke Foster on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

And held league leaders Haringey Borough yesterday (Tuesday) to a goalless draw to keep it tight at the top of the table.

With Forest due to come to Mayesbrook Park this weekend, O’Shea is expecting another stern test, but he is confident about the chances of his team picking up another victory.

“Waltham Forest are doing really well this season,” said O’Shea.

“But teams that come to us who are decent we tend to beat quite comfortably.

“It is when we come up against the likes of Sporting Bengal United, London Bari and Ilford and others like that where we have a terrible time.”

Barking’s match with Clapton was one of only two that survived in the division last weekend and Ben Turner’s 15th-minute penalty was enough to ensure victory.

Tons brought plenty of support, with a crowd of 160 announced, and O’Shea praised the travelling fans.

He added: “We got the game on, which was really good because I think there was only a couple of games on. And Clapton had a good following of about 80 or 100 people come over.

“We have had some good banter before and I spoke to a few of them afterwards. They said we deserved the win and they all picked up their beers and rubbish afterwards as well, which I thought was nice. It is always good when they come down.”

Although Barking only managed to earn a 1-0 victory O’Shea insisted it should have been more as Blues dominated possession, but couldn’t make the most of various chances presented to them.

“It was a good result,” added O’Shea. “Ben Turner took his penalty well and we had a couple of opportunities, so we could have won by more.

“Clapton were never really a threat, despite being fifth in the table. Their manager (Michael Walther) was very courteous in defeat and said we deserved the three points.

“Wale Odedoyun had a couple of chances, but he couldn’t take them. He was effective again, though, and was physical.

“Clapton didn’t have the best of defences in the world. We had a lot of the game and possession, we just couldn’t get the second or third. We are doing all right and keep ticking over nicely.”


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