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Barking bounce back to beat London Bari

PUBLISHED: 08:47 12 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 12 March 2017

Barking's Steve Willis finds the net against London Bari (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Steve Willis finds the net against London Bari (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking took another step towards the Essex Senior League title with a hard-fought win over London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog ground.

They had to come from behind to claim the points, though, as Bari opened the scoring in the first half, before Joe Pearman’s corner was headed in by joint player-manager Steve Willis.

And the visitors claimed their winner in the second half when Pearman’s free-kick evaded everyone in the box and beat Bari keeper Josh Strizovic to nestle in the corner of the net for his 16th goal of the season.

A fifth win in their last six league outings leaves Barking six points clear of FC Romania, with three games in hand.

Clapton are a further two points back in third place having played one game more than the leaders and can close the gap with victory at Burnham on Tuesday.

But Barking, needing only 13 points from their last eight matches to be crowned champions, then visit Wadham Lodge on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 17th-placed Bari have just three matches left to play this season and visit Hullbridge Sports next weekend, before trips to east London rivals Tower Hamlets (April 8) and Barkingside (April 14).

Barking: Hatton, Wackers-Kyriacou, Ling, Willis, Rix, Burgess, Oshin, O’Brien, Peagram, Pearman, Staunton.


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