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Bostik North: Barking 2 Grays Athletic 1

PUBLISHED: 17:44 08 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:24 09 December 2018

Darelle Russell celebrates his goal (pic Terry Gilbert)

Darelle Russell celebrates his goal (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking claimed their second win in six league matches with a hard-fought success over promotion hopefuls Grays at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

Ola Ogunwamide lines up a shot (pic Terry Gilbert)Ola Ogunwamide lines up a shot (pic Terry Gilbert)

Having beaten Essex Senior League side Tower Hamlets 4-0 in the London Senior Cup in midweek, Justin Gardner made three changes to his starting line-up, as Ricky Tarbard, Chinedu Osadebe and Ola Ogunwamide came in for Jack McQueen, Rashid Kamara and Gary Cohen.

And they took the lead against sixth-placed Grays midway through the first half when Darelle Russell added to his effort from Tuesday night to claim his seventh goal of the campaign.

The visitors were forced into an early substitution on the half-hour mark as Aron Gordon replaced Adeyinka Cole and manager Jamie Stuart replaced Charlie Allen with Geofrey Okonkwo during the interval.

Blues saw Daniel Cheema booked just past the hour mark, but they doubled their advantage moments later through Ola Ogunwamide.

Chinedu Osadebe goes up for a header (pic Terry Gilbert)Chinedu Osadebe goes up for a header (pic Terry Gilbert)

Kieran Bishop hit back for Grays with 17 minutes left but Barking, despite seeing Ryan Cosson booked, held on for the points as Gardner made three changes in the closing stages.

The win lifted Barking two places in the table up to 13th, with a trip to Bury Town up next on December 15.

Barking: Brown, Tarbard, Peart, Edwards, Bruce, Cosson, Osadebe (Mignot 90), Seymour, Russell, Cheema (Willis 90), Oguwamide (Charles 82). Unused subs: Elsom, Maiorano.

Attendance: 102.

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