Barking boss is determined to bring in a talisman as his side struggle to find the net
PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 December 2018
Barking manager Justin Gardner says he is looking to bring in a proven goalscorer after missed chances keeps costing his side in recent weeks, writes Jacob Ranson.
The Blues will now play host to in-form Grays Athletic at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday as they look to bounce back from back-to-back defeats in the Bostik North.
The club lost striker Josh Davison this week as he re-joined Enfield Town following his loan spell and 38-year-old Gardner said: “I clearly have to try and get someone in that can score goals that can fit in with our budget restraints.
“We lost Josh this week, he’s gone back to Enfield in the Bostik Premier, but we’ll monitor that situation and hopefully if they sign someone else, we can bring him back in.”
The former Aveley boss has praised the form of Jamie Stuart’s side and insists they should be at the top end of the table.
“I think Grays are in tremendous form, I believe they’re top of the form table at the minute,” he added.
“That will be a tough game and obviously they’re a team that should be at the top end of the table. But every year gets harder in this league and I can’t tell you a team where we could get an easy three points.”
Gardner insists his side’s lack of scoring is a new problem for him as he normally has free-scoring teams.
“We won’t get stuffed by many teams but we need to score goals, it’s quite strange as any team I’ve managed we’ve scored over 100 goals,” he added. “Clearly I’ve corrected one end in defence but I don’t know whether us being so good defensively is stopping us attacking.
“I don’t see it, but maybe it’s something I’ve got to look at.”
Gardner insists it has been frustrating as Barking keep losing by one goal to the top teams in the league in recent weeks – including their narrow 1-0 loss to Bowers at the weekend.
“I am frustrated because I know that and this is nothing against Barking, as they give me the best they can in terms of resources but if we had a bit more we could improve up the top.
“We wouldn’t need wholesale changes, defensively and in midfield we’re sound, it’s just in the final third we’ve got inexperience.”
*Barking were due to play Tower Hamlets in the London Senior Cup last night (Tuesday).