Barking’s great run ends
PUBLISHED: 09:34 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:34 03 February 2016
Essex Senior League: Barking 1 FC Romania 3
Barking’s 14-game unbeaten run in the Essex Senior League was ended last night as league leaders FC Romania won 3-1 at Mayesbrook Park.
Glen Golby’s men hadn’t tasted defeat in the division since October 3, when they lost 3-1 at Bowers & Pitsea, and they entered the match in great form having been victories in their previous eight league fixtures.
But bad weather ensured the Blues were playing just their third competitive match of 2016.
It was the hosts who started strongly and Petrit Elbi and Joe Pearman both went close before Romania took the lead with quarter of an hour played.
Florin Pop beat two defenders and then curled into the top corner from 25-yards to leave Barking stunned.
And before they had time to get into their stride, the visitors doubled their advantage in the 26th minute.
Pop beat Jason Willis again, this time via the post, to grab his second and it seemed like being a long night for the Blues.
Romania came close to making it 3-0 shortly afterwards, but hit the post before Barking were awarded a penalty.
But Jonathan Docker’s spot-kick was straight at the away custodian and they trailed by two goals at half time.
Their task was made a lot harder early in the second period when Elbi received a second yellow card for a late tackle.
Steve Willis went close from a header, though, but Romania made it 3-0 when Sergiu Pitaru scored on the hour mark.
James Peagram gave the Blues a glimmer of hope 20 minutes from time by sprinting through on goal and finding the net.
It gave Barking some momentum and Peagram volleyed wide before a cross just evaded substitute Billy Rix.
But the full time whistle followed to end the Blues stunning run of form. They have a chance to bounce back when they visit Sawbridgeworth Town this weekend.
Barking: J Willis, Tabard, Foster, Taylor (Golby 77), O’Brien (Rix 52, Docker, Elbi, S Willis, Peagram, Pearman (Reynolds 72), Bricknell.
Unused substitutes: Green, Ling.
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