Barking boss Gardner urges players to find their shooting boots for AFC Sudbury trip
PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 October 2018
Barking manager Justin Gardner says his side need to find their shooting boots ahead of this weekend’s clash with AFC Sudbury.
The Blues make the trip to The Wardale Williams Stadium on Saturday as they look to bounce back from their FA Trophy exit last weekend.
The Mayesbrook Park club crashed out of the competition in the preliminary round with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Bostik South Central side Hayes & Yeading and will now look to build on that as they return to league action.
“Sudbury away on Saturday, that is no mean feat,” said the 38-year-old.
“The tough games are coming thick and fast right now so we need to find our shooting boots for Saturday if we want to get anything from the game.”
Former Aveley Gardner boss feels the Yellows are in a false position in the Bostik North table as they currently sit in 17th place.
They have played fewer games than everyone else in the league, after going on a good FA Cup run before crashing out in the third qualifying round with a 2-1 defeat to Haringey Borough.
“They were doing well in the cup so that is probably why they are where they are,” Gardner said. “They’re a very good side with a manager (Mark Morsley) who I respect massively.”
Gardner is hoping to have plenty of options available this weekend as they look to start climbing up the standings, adding: “Apart from Abs Seymour, Gary Cohen and Billy Reynolds we had everyone available last weekend.
“You are rarely at full strength as there are always injuries but we’re very close to it right now.”
Blues will be without Brendan Ocran after he opted to join Bostik South Central side Northwood.
The 20-year-old made eight appearances for the Blues in all competitions after joining from Billericay Town in the summer but has now decided to leave for most first-team action.
“The boy wants to play every minute of every game and it’s not something I could guarantee him at this moment in time,” said Gardner.
“There are a few things I think that still need to be worked on but he had the opportunity to go to Northwood so we wish him the best. Hopefully in the future we may work together again.”
*Barking visit Coggeshall Town in the third round of the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.