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Bostik North: Canvey Island 1 Barking 0

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 August 2018

Barking's Darelle Russell shapes to shoot against Canvey Island (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Darelle Russell shapes to shoot against Canvey Island (Pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to promotion hopefuls Canvey Island in their Bostik North season opener.

An early first-half goal from Mitchell Gilbey sealed the three points for the Gulls at the Frost Financial Stadium.

The Blues were without manager Justin Gardner for the clash due to illness and he tweeted before the match: “Bad news this morning and not being able to go to the game today as well, good luck to the lads make me proud.”

Assistant manager Andre Thomas took the reigns for the clash and admits he was pleased with the performance on the afternoon.

He tweeted: “We planned, we did it and now it’s time to review it.

“Good effort from the Barking boys.

“Tuesday and Thursday to prepare for Saturday.”

Canvey Island: Palmer, Pitty, Jorliffe (Collins 82), Figura, Stephenson, Sheehan, Merrfield, Gilbey, Cox (Sykes 60), Tuohy (Agyakwa 73), Melaugh.

Unused subs: Hutchinson and Allen.

Barking: Olajide, Tarbard, Peart, Edwards, Bruce, Da Cruz (Benjamin 60), Cohen, Seymour, Russell, Cheema, Ocran.

Unused subs: Abiola, Reynolds, Pearce.

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