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Barking in no-win scenario, says Golby

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 February 2016

Barking player-manager Glen Golby saved a penalty against Bowers (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking player-manager Glen Golby saved a penalty against Bowers (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues boss hopes weight of expectation doesn’t weigh heavy at struggling Newham

Barking joint-boss Glen Golby is aware the pressure is all on his team as they prepare to visit Essex Senior League basement boys Newham tonight.

While the Blues are currently involved in the hunt for the title, Newham are propping up the table with just three wins to their name all season.

Newham currently play their ‘home’ matches at Ryman North side Tilbury’s Chadfields ground, where they have not won since October.

Golby knows that all this suggests an easy win for Barking, but is quick to point out that a lack of pressure could lead to Newham causing an upset.

“There’s nothing to lose for Newham and that’s the worry,” he said. “If they lose, it’s expected, but if they cause a shock it will make people take notice of them.

The match has already been postponed once, with the fixture originally scheduled to take place on January 6 before a waterlogged pitch forced a postponement.

It also happened to be the first in a string of three straight postponements for the Blues, who also have fixtures to catch up on at home to Tower Hamlets and away to Southend Manor.

The wet weather has returned this week, but Golby hopes that has not affected the pitch too much as he looks to avoid a fixture pile up later in the season.

“I went over to Chadfields to see Tilbury play recently and the pitch didn’t look the best, but hopefully it’s not too bad and we can get the game on,” he added.

“We don’t want a build up of fixtures as the season goes on. We want to get some wins on the board and put pressure on the teams around us.”


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