Barking manager Gardner pleased with Bury Town victory

PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 February 2018

Kemo Darboe makes life difficult for Bury keeper Luis Tibbles (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Kemo Darboe makes life difficult for Bury keeper Luis Tibbles (Pic: Terry Gilbert)


Barking manager Justin Gardner was pleased with his side’s 3-1 victory against Bury Town on Saturday.

Goals from Adem Ramadan, Abs Seymour and Kemo Darboe sealed the three points despite a late 89th minute consolation goal for the visitors Tommy Robinson at Mayesbrook Park.

“It was obviously quite pleasing,” Gardner said.

“I don’t think the article last week ahead of the match went down too well with Bury as I got a bit of stick from their chairman but I stand by my words.

“That aside it was pleasing because I felt for about 85 minutes we were well in control of the game.

“We have a lot of youngsters and I did have to remind them to do the simple things, as I know they get bored of doing them, but we didn’t for five minutes and they scored.

“It was a professional performance for 85 minutes and that was great to see.”

Gardner believes it’s time to keep kicking on after succeeding their target of staying in the Bostik North.

“Like I said I know when people look in from the outside they’ll see an experienced manager and a team doing well, but in terms of resources, we’ve done well.

“It has been nothing but work hard from the management team and the players.

“The target we were set by the chairman was to stay up and we have achieved that with 13 odd games left, so the pressure is now off us.

“We can now sit and play out our games for a mid-table finish or we can keep pushing on and see where that gets us.”

Striker Martin Tuohy left the club this week to join rival Bostik North outfit Canvey Island on Friday and Gardner praised his efforts for the Blues.

“We’d like to thank Martin for his efforts both on and off the pitch, he contributed more than you will know.

“On the pitch we both would have liked him to be a bit better in front of goal, but he was a real leader and character in the changing room, he used his experience and was very professional.

“In a playing perspective, it’s a good move for him, it’s a club he already knows and done extremely well at in the past.

“There is no hard feelings and he is going to a team higher up in the league and I could never stand in the way of that.

“Credit to Canvey Island as well as they came in for him a week ago so I had time to find a replacement first.”

The replacement came in the form Kemo Darboe who joined from Bostik South outfit VDC Athletic this week and found the net on his debut.

“He is a player I’ve admitted for quite some time,” Gardner said.

“He is not fully up to match fitness so that’s even more pleasing that we managed to get him 90 minutes and he got on the score sheet.”

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