Barking boss Gardner pleased with victory but concerned about injuries

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 September 2018

Darelle Russell celebrates with Rashid Kamara (pic Terry Gilbert)

Darelle Russell celebrates with Rashid Kamara (pic Terry Gilbert)


Barking manager Justin Gardner pleased with 2-1 victory against Mildenhall Town but more concerned about injuries to key players.

Having lost their first four matches of the new season, before beating previously unbeaten Romford and Balham, the Blues maintained their momentum thanks to two first-half goals to seal a third consecutive win.

There were 24 minutes on the clock when a high ball into the box was controlled by Darelle Russell, who then shot past Blake Horton in the home goal.

And Justin Gardner’s men doubled their lead just before the break when Rashid Kamara advanced on goal and showed composure to slot past Horton into the corner of the net.

Despite the strong performance the boss is more concerned about potentially losing captain Abs Seymour and recent recruit Ryan Cosson for a number of weeks.

“I’m pleased with the performance and the result, but there is just a few things that are more concerning too me at the moment, as we could be losing a few key players to injury.

“Our captain Abs Seymour has been playing with a back injury, which has been causing him some problems and it’s obviously important to look out for his health.

“He is having an MI scan so that’s a big concern for us right now.”

Before adding: “We’ve also been aware of a problem with Ryan Cosson, who has been a real breathe of fresh air since joining the club.

“He may need an operation to help his breathing as he has a few problems with it from breaking his nose.

“That was not from football, it was from when he was a kid, and he could be out for anything from two to eight weeks.

“I just want to wish them both well and hopefully they’ll be back as soon as possible.

“It will be a big blow for us not having them two on the football pitch, but they’ll still be at the training ground and at matches.”

He admits despite those injuries he is happy with his squad.

“I will not being going into the transfer market, we have plenty of players in our squad who are looking for their chance, and I’m confident we’ve got enough.”

Gardner did praise goalscorers Russell and Kamara for their efforts during the match.

“Darelle has scored a few for us of late and has been in good form,” he said.

“Rashid was always going to be a late bloomer for us and i’m still not sure we’ve seen the best of him yet, when i signed him I said he’ll need five games or so before finding his feet.”

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