Battling Blues lack a real cutting edge
PUBLISHED: 16:53 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 July 2010
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Enfield 1893 2 Barking 0 ON current form an Essex Senior League defeat to Enfield 1893 was not unexpected but it was mightily disappointing for Barking. Conceding two goals within the first 15 minutes, Barking battled on and did not al
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
Enfield 1893 2 Barking 0
ON current form an Essex Senior League defeat to Enfield 1893 was not unexpected but it was mightily disappointing for Barking.
Conceding two goals within the first 15 minutes, Barking battled on and did not allow their heads to drop but lacked a real cutting edge.
Carl Paul and Victor Omobeghin returned to defence and midfield respectively but the significant change was between the sticks, with Clark Wells departing due to increased work commitments.
His replacement, Liam Stone, is a young goalkeeper signed from Ilford who, in the first half, had his confidence stretched after being involved in the mix-up that led to the second Enfield goal, but he stood tall after the break and made some fine saves.
With Enfield looking to continue their impressive home league record of eight wins and only six goals conceded, Barking's bid to win was always going to be tough.
Craig Greenwood's defensive header from a corner cleared the crossbar and the danger, but this was only a brief respite and on nine minutes the home side took the lead.
A long ball upfield found ex-Clapton striker Chris Thomas and he duly drilled the ball past the diving Stone.
This set up a period of intense pressure on the Barking goal but to their credit, the Blues did not crumble.
Yet the second, clinching goal ,arrived on 15 minutes when a one-on-one situation ended with a shot against the bar and in the ensuing scramble, Stone and Matt Toms collide going for the ball, leaving the prolific Sherwin Stanley with an easy tap-in.
Barking's best effort was on 22 minutes when a Jimmy Noakes daisy-cutter was pushed up into the air by home custodian Steve Wright and he was fortunate that the ball just dropped into his arms.
Noakes and fellow forward Duane Miller gave the Enfield defence problems throughout and with a bit of luck and the correct pass, would no doubt have found the net.
The second half saw a repeat of the first, with the home side looking to extend their lead, but they were repelled by grit and some superb reflex saves by the Barking keeper.
The result, however, means Barking slip to fifth in the table with the teams around them starting to narrow the gap.
This Saturday at Mayesbrook Park sees the Blues take on Burnham Ramblers, who will possibly field former Barking players Bradley Woodards and Carl Griffiths.
Barking: Stone, Toms, Bennett, Paul, Greenwood, Matthews, Omobeghin, Jesus (Oke 69), Miller (Mottram 69), Noakes, Clark (Ofei 61). Attendance: 157.