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Barking boss Day hopes six-shooters can fire

PUBLISHED: 15:47 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 11 August 2010

FIT AGAIN: Barking striker Mequel de Souza

FIT AGAIN: Barking striker Mequel de Souza

BARKING coach Neil Day believes the low-scoring club will be able to accommodate their six-strong strikeforce following the arrival of Des Gallen, writes Iain Liddle.

BARKING coach Neil Day believes the low-scoring club will be able to accommodate their six-strong strikeforce following the arrival of Des Gallen, writes Iain Liddle.

The Blues have netted the fewest times of any club in the Essex Senior League, with 10 goals in 12 games, and they drew another blank on Saturday in a 0-0 draw at Enfield 1893.

Former Ilford and Romford striker Gallen arrived just before the weekend's game, having chosen to drop down a division after walking out at Cricklefields, and was immediately thrown into the first team.

He partnered former Birmingham City ace Mequel de Souza up front, with Ruel Sandiford and Lee Pyne on the bench, while Jared Small and Mark Steadman had to settle for a seat in the stands.

Day admits they are still trying to discover the best combination from the sextet, but feels all of them will stay and fight for their place in the first team.

"Des was a bit disillusioned at Ilford," said the coach. "We have a few Romford lads from last year and at this level people talk. People seem to want to come to Barking at the moment, I'm not sure why, and it's certainly not because of our league position. Maybe they're hearing good things about our team spirit, about our training and we've got a good manager. The problem for us is not finding players, but blending them in.

"One of the alluring things about the club though is our reserve side. It's well-run and we can offer that to keep players interested.

"I've been very impressed with Jared Small, who came along anyway on Saturday and warmed up with the boys, the same with Mark, and everyone knows they are part of a team.


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