Blues manager Gardner says they must treat Rovers clash like every other big opponent

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 October 2018

Barking's Daniel Cheema netted in their 3-2 defeat to Witham Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Daniel Cheema netted in their 3-2 defeat to Witham Town (Pic: Terry Gilbert)


Barking manager Justin Gardner says his side must treat every game the same ahead of their clash with Great Wakering Rovers this weekend.

Barking celebrate Ben O'Brien's goal (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking celebrate Ben O'Brien's goal (pic Terry Gilbert)

The Blues will travel away to Burroughs Park on Saturday as they look to build on their 1-1 draw with AFC Sudbury last weekend.

“There is divine right to go get a win, like I’ve said in the years gone by you could probably have looked at four or five teams where you fancy yourself to guarantee three points, but I can’t see it anywhere this season.

“If anyone can please share that secret with me as I can’t see any team that is giving away three points or that is less superior to everyone else to be honest with you.”

The Rovers currently sit 11th in the Bostik North, four places above Barking, and the boss insists their opponents have had a strong start to life in the league after being promoted from the Essex Senior League last term.

“I think Great Wakering has had a great start, I can’t remember where they are in the league, but I know they’re above us.

“They got a tremendous result on the weekend, they won 2-1 against Witham Town, and like I said it’s going to be tough.

“At their ground as well, it’s not the best place to get you if you don’t drive, so it’s not an easy place to go.

“We’ll prepare for it as we would when playing top of the league, bottom of the league or mid-table, and that’s just trying to implement what we work on during the week.”

Barking will be boosted by their recent additions of Joshua Davison and goalkeeper Tim Brown who made their debuts last weekend.

“Josh has been training with us and we have taken him on loan from Enfield Town in the Bostik Premier Division.

“Tim Brown to be honest with you it happened very quickly, Emmanuel (Olajide) made me aware he was not available for Saturday due to work.

“As you can imagine it’s no easy feat to try getting a decent goalkeeper in for a massive game but we got wind that Tim Brown wasn’t too happy at Great Wakering so we made a move for him.

“It happened very quickly on Friday lunch time and he never really met the players until he turned up to the game on Saturday.”

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