Barking in good form and hoping to cause upset

PUBLISHED: 15:30 06 October 2014

Barking's Ben O'Brien scores his first goal against Newham (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Ben O'Brien scores his first goal against Newham (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Blues beat Newham 3-0 at weekend and have a London Senior Cup tie against Ryman Premier Hendon tonight

Barking face Ryman Premier outfit Hendon this evening in the first round of the London Senior Cup and manager Mick O’Shea has challenged his players to raise their game and cause an upset.

The Essex Senior League club are in great form and haven’t been defeated since September 6, and they have won six games during that period.

O’Shea is expecting a tough game at Earlsmead Stadium, even if Hendon pick a ‘B team’.

He said: “Fingers crossed we can go into tonight’s game and upset Hendon.

“I watched them down at Hornchurch the other night and they beat them at a canter but I am not sure it will be their strongest team. They have the FA Cup at the weekend and are third in the league.

“But they are a Ryman Premier team so you would think there second team is about Ryman North standard, maybe a bit below so it will be a good test.”

O’Shea will make some changes himself this evening but is happy with the strength of his squad.

Barking’s boss also hopes the weather can make conditions difficult this evening, O’Shea added: “The weather could be a bit of a leveller for us.

“But if you can’t get up for a game against a Ryman Premier team you shouldn’t be playing.

“We will welcome back Jay Taylor tonight, he will be on the bench I think but we have no Brad Ling.

“One or two others are away with work commitments but we lose one or two and another one or two come in who are more than capable. That is the strength of the squad.”

Blues will face Hendon with great confidence, following a 3-0 league victory over Newham on Saturday.

Captain Ben O’Brien scored twice before Sipho Mtyanda added another at the Old Spotted Dog and O’Shea admitted it was strange to play at Clapton’s ground and not see the Clapton Ultras.

He was pleased with the points and another clean sheet, though, adding: “Beno nicked a couple which was nice.

“It was really weird going down there and having no Ultras, I am use to the Ultras down there.

“We do have a few 13-year-old’s that follow us with their Dad’s and they were signing ‘we are the Barking Ultras’ in the stand, which made me laugh.

“It was a good day out, good to get three points and important to get the clean sheet as well.”

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