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Barking boss Gardner piles pressure on their opponents Maldon ahead of league tie

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 September 2018

Ryan Cosson is beaten in the air (pic Terry Gilbert)

Ryan Cosson is beaten in the air (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner has piled the pressure on Maldon & Tiptree by saying they have to win their Bostik North match this weekend.

Darelle Russell celebrates (pic Terry Gilbert)Darelle Russell celebrates (pic Terry Gilbert)

The Blues welcome Wayne Brown’s side to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday as they look to try make it three consecutive wins in the league after up back-to-back victories overt Mildenhall Town and Romford.

“We don’t stand a chance on paper and in terms of resources,” said the 38-year-old.

“We will, of course, not take them for granted for that reason as we know the quality they have in their squad, but if we match their work rate and play our game, you never know what can happen.”

Gardner, who also works at Colchester United in their youth scouting network, is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces on Saturday due to Maldon’s links with the League Two side.

“For me, it will be good to play them and see some familiar faces, due to me working at Colchester,” he added.

Maldon lost 2-1 to Canvey Island last weekend after a strong start to the season and Gardner says they will be desperate to rally, adding: “They will be looking to bounce back after last weekend and we know they will be very strong as they’ve put together a very squad this season.”

The Blues boss also said he put their 2-1 win at Mildenhall Town quickly behind him due to being more concerned about injuries to key players.

He said: “I’m pleased with the performance and the result, but there are just a few things that are more concerning to me at the moment, as we could be losing a few key players to injury.

“Our captain Abs Seymour has been playing with a back injury, which has been causing him some problems, and it’s obviously important to look out for his health.

“He is having an MRI scan, so that’s a big concern for us right now. We’ve also been aware of a problem with Ryan Cosson, who has been a real breath of fresh air since joining the club.

“He may need an operation to help his breathing as he has a few problems with it from breaking his nose. That was not from football, it was from when he was a kid, and he could be out for two to eight weeks.”

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