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Barking boss Gardner backs squad to keep performing as they prepare for Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 November 2018

Daniel Cheema (pic Terry Gilbert)

Daniel Cheema (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner is backing his side to continue performing against Bostik North ‘heavyweights’ Felixstowe & Walton United this weekend.

The Blues will welcome The Seasiders to Mayesbrook Park on Saturday as they look to build on their 3-0 victory away to Great Wakering Rovers last weekend.

And boss Gardner is confident in his defence to keep scores low and insists they’re working hard on their attacking.

“If you look at our games, I don’t think we have lost by any more than one goal and we haven’t won by any more than that, except on the weekend,” the 38-year-old said.

“There is a pleasing aspect and a disappointing aspect with that in mind.

“I feel for the first time in my managerial career I have a better defence as I normally have one of the best attacking teams in the league.”

The former Aveley boss is confident if Barking can build on their last two fixtures in the Bostik North they will come away with a win.

He added: “If we can take that momentum, I’m confident with our defence that we will do well, and we’re working hard on taking our chances.

“It’s another game where we’re playing against one of the league’s favourites and heavyweights.

“I have only played against Felixstowe once and that was many years ago back in 2011.

“Apart from that I have not seen them play myself but we have had them watched.”

The boss praised the work of Jeff Sears, who has been doing scout reports for the first team this campaign, amongst his other work for the club.

“Jeff has been watching a lot of teams for us and is doing a good job for us with that,” he said.

“I think every game he has been to, we have then gone on to win.”

Gardner is also hoping to keep a similar starting line-up together for the match, although they could be without youngster Eusebio Da Silva.

Da Silva made his debut for the club in their 3-0 win and found the net after impressing in the reserve side last term.

“Eusebio played a game for Clapton in the London Senior Cup last week and got two yellow cards so we will have to look into that,” he added.

“If we can get the same team back out then I will do that.”

The club has moved the kick-off time forward to 2pm and release a statement on the situation.

Chairman Rob O’Brien said: “We have been instructed by the Bostik League to kick-off this Saturday at 2pm. This is due to an issue in a very isolated area by the dug-out where the floodlight readings are fractionally below the average levels.

“We have already instructed a company to address this issue at a cost of £2,500 and this work should be completed by Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.”

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