Barking on brink after Pearman brace sinks Eton Manor
PUBLISHED: 08:07 26 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 28 March 2017
Barking 2 Eton Manor 0
Barking v Eton Manor
Barking's Ben O'Brien gets up for a header (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Joe Pearman is denied (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's John Bricknell in action against Eton Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Matheus Santos shapes to cross for Barking (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking captain Ben O'Brien received a tankard ahead of his 300th appearance for the club (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Ben O'Brien on the attack against Eton Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's James Peagram prepares to pass to Joe Pearman for the first goal against Eton Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Joe Pearman goes close against Eton Manor (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking's Petrit Elbi holds off an Eton Manor rival (pic Terry Gilbert)
Barking moved to the brink of the Essex Senior League title with a hard-fought win over Eton Manor.
Blues went into the game five points away from being crowned champions and securing promotion to the Ryman League.
But they were made to work for their latest success and had to be patient after a first-half stalemate.
The home side eventually broke the deadlock on the hour mark when Brad Ling, making his 100th appearance for the club, threaded a pass through that caught Manor’s organised defence napping and put substitute James Peagram through on goal.
Barking’s lead goalscorer then played a pass forward to Joe Pearman who found the net despite howls of protests from the visiting players, who felt he was in an offside position.
Pearman doubled the lead and his tally for the day 10 minutes from time when he linked up well with Matheus Santos on the right, swapping passes and cutting inside to finish calmly into the bottom corner.
The hosts found another gear in the closing stages and went close to a third when Santos saw a lob cleared off the line.
But it finished 2-0 and Blues are now just two points away from securing top spot and 10 away from chairman Rob O’Brien’s 100-point target.
Joint player-manager Glen Golby said: “We played poorly throughout the game. It wasn’t the best, but we’ve got over the line.
“One more win to go [to win the league]. Credit to Eton Manor, they made us work hard. We go again on Tuesday in the cup.”
Barking host Redbridge in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Barking: Hatton, Ling, Tarbard, O’Brien, Willis, Rix, Pearman, Staunton, Burgess, Bricknell, Elbi. Subs: Peagram, Oshin, Santos, Wackers-Kyriacou, Taylor.
*Barking Reserves picked up a 4-1 victory in over AFC Sudbury Reserves as goals from Marcio Rocha, Michael Bullman and a Moyo Ajibade brace sealed the win.
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