Barking looking to upset the odds at Coggeshall Town

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 November 2018

Barking's Emmanuel Ighorae tries to escape his marker (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Emmanuel Ighorae tries to escape his marker (pic Terry Gilbert)


Barking will look to upset the odds and cause an upset against Coggeshall Town this weekend says manager Justin Gardner, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Blues will travel away to West Street on Saturday to face the Seed Growers as they look to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat to Felixstowe & Walton United.

And boss Gardner believes they need to take the positives from their 1-0 defeat to their opponents in the Essex Senior Cup earlier this campaign.

“We’ll take the positives from when we played them in the cup. They beat us 1-0, but we reduced them to only a few shots on goal,” the 38-year-old said.

“Hopefully we can start taking some of the chances that we’re creating, but make no mistake about it we don’t stand a chance really if I’m honest going there, in terms of the form guide and finances.

“That club is headed for the National League in a short space of time and we’re trying to do things correctly by growing the youth and getting our structure right.

“If you were a betting man you’d back Coggeshall but we’d like to go and upset the odds and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.”

Gardner praised Coggeshall’s fire power but feels they should be top of the table given their finances instead of sitting third in the Bostik North behind Bowers & Pitsea and Basildon United.

“They’re doing well, but not for me considering their finances, I think they should be top of the league,” he said.

“They’ve got Sam Bantick, Ross Wall, Aaron Condon and Nnamdi Nwachuku in their team and you’re going to be a threat as most teams in the league would love to have one of those players, let along the four of them.”

The former Aveley boss is also urging his side to stop making individual errors after labelling it the reason they lost 4-2 last weekend.

“Individual errors have to be cut out,” added Gardner, after Daniel Cheema and Joe Bruce netted in defeat.

“We will look to eradicate those mistakes Saturday as if we don’t we’ll be in for a hiding. Coggeshall’s fire power is in the top three after Bowers & Pitsea and Aveley so they will punish us for those errors.”

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