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Barking boss looking for a title charge

PUBLISHED: 15:59 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 11 August 2010

BUOYANT Barking assistant manager Neil Day claims his side is still capable of mounting a push for the league title this season despite their ongoing goalscoring woes, writes Iain Liddle.

BUOYANT Barking assistant manager Neil Day claims his side is still capable of mounting a push for the league title this season despite their ongoing goalscoring woes, writes Iain Liddle.

The Blues turned in one of their most impressive performances of the season at fourth-placed Sawbridgeworth Town, but could only emerge with a 0-0 draw after failing to convert their chances.

The point leaves them fifth-from-bottom in the Essex Senior League, but they have as many as five games in hand on the sides above them and Day insists they are looking up, rather than down.

"We dominated Sawbridgeworth for long periods and when you do that you should get three points," he said.

"If you've got title aspirations like we have, then you have got to start winning more games than we are. It certainly felt like two points dropped."

He added, "The league is very tight this year. Any side that can go on a run is going to be up there. Burnham are obviously doing well at the moment, but I think they will drop points. In fact I think the league will be won with fewer points than usual.

"Romford won it last year with no budget and paying someone doesn't make them a better player. In fact some of the sides down the bottom are paying their players. Romford built a good team spirit and went on a run. They will certainly be our role model for this season."

Barking's title hopes will be fully tested this weekend when they host Witham Town on Saturday and then visit rivals Barkingside in a re-arranged fixture on Monday evening.


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