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Barking keen to end Robins’ chirpy form

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 September 2015

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues boss O’Shea knows only one side will keep unbeaten streak going on Saturday

Barking manager Mick O’Shea is confident his team can put an end to Sawbridgeworth Town’s unbeaten start to the season when the sides meet at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

The two teams have both yet to lose in the Essex Senior League this year ahead of the clash this weekend.

But O’Shea believes that if any side is to lose their unbeaten record this weekend, it is the Robins who should be worried.

“We’ll beat them on Saturday and they probably know that,” said O’Shea.

“But in this league you never know the quality that will turn up. You get some really good players at teams because they know the manager well.

“There are a lot of sides in this league who have players who are capable of playing a lot higher than the Essex Senior League.

“It’s a tough division to win promotion from because of that.”

Barking have suffered something of a stuttering start to the league campaign, winning two and drawing four of their six matches.

The run follows a superb season last year when the Blues finished third behind Bowers & Pitsea and champions Haringey Borough.

O’Shea believes the high finish has impacted on Barking’s hopes of success this year, with teams more intent on beating the Blues this team around.

“We finished third in the league last year, but does that mean we have a right to win it? Of course it doesn’t,” he added.

“It inspires other sides to try to beat us and replicate what we achieved last year. We’re holding our own and still unbeaten, but there is work to be done.”

Should Saturday’s game be tight heading into the final quarter, O’Shea is confident his team have it in them to dig deep and emerge as the victorious side.

Against Tower Hamlets at the weekend, the Blues scored an injury-time equaliser through Matt Ashwell to keep their unbeaten record going, after Wale Odedoyin’s earlier effort.

But O’Shea believes his team missed a good opportunity to win, adding: “We always do well in the last 20 minutes of matches.

“We’re a very fit squad and we have the experience to get us through in tight situations.

“We are still wasting chances and we’re still unbeaten, but if we had won at the weekend, we could have closed the gap to Bowers.”


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