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Blues looking to continue title tilt

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2015

Barking's James Barlow is presented with a silver salver for his 100th appearance by chairman Rob O'Brien (left) and manager Mick O'Shea before the match with Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking's James Barlow is presented with a silver salver for his 100th appearance by chairman Rob O'Brien (left) and manager Mick O'Shea before the match with Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Barking face Southend Manor this weekend confident of achieving success

Action from Barking's clash with Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)Action from Barking's clash with Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking boss Mick O’Shea is looking to take advantage in the Essex Senior League this weekend.

Blues face Southend Manor, while Haringey Borough and Bowers & Pitsea go head to head at Len Salmon Stadium.

Sipho Mtyanda on the attack for Barking against Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)Sipho Mtyanda on the attack for Barking against Tower Hamlets (pic: Terry Gilbert)

The way the fixtures have fallen allows Barking to gain ground on one of their rivals for the title, assuming they continue their fine form.

O’Shea said: “Haringey beat Southend 4-0 last weekend, so we should go there and help ourselves to three points.

Barking's Joe Killingback in action against Tower Hamlets (pic; Terry Gilbert)Barking's Joe Killingback in action against Tower Hamlets (pic; Terry Gilbert)

“Hopefully that game at Bowers goes ahead and Bowers will be strong.

“We go to Bowers the week after so we want to beat them a week after they have beaten Haringey, like what happened at Stansted a few weeks ago.”

Barking went to Stansted on February 14 and won, days after the Airportmen had beaten Borough in the league.

O’Shea is positive about Blues’ chances of finishing top as they continue to pile the pressure on Haringey.

He added: “I am buoyant we can maintain our challenge and we showed the strength of our squad last weekend.

“We had a depleted squad and we still got the three points against Tower Hamlets so it shows that our young academy lads can come into the team and do a job for us.”

Ben Turner scored in the 90th minute last weekend at Mayesbrook Park to earn a crucial 1-0 win.

Barking were missing various key players, but managed to earn the victory.

“We were quite a few players down,” O’Shea added.

“Glen Golby was away, Joe Staunton was unavailable and skipper Ben O’Brien as well. Tom Jeffes had Orient duties and Tower Hamlets were quite a strong side.

“They had changed a lot of personnel compared to when Jeff Sears had them scouted. It was muddy conditions, but we had to grind it out.”

Barking were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when Billy Rix received a red card after an incident with a Tower Hamlets player.

O’Shea said: “One of their players headbutted Billy and he retaliated so they were both sent off and that was with about 20 minutes gone, so it made it hard for both teams.”

Barking defeated Eton Manor 4-0 on Tuesday in the quarter-final’s of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy with Tom Jeffes, James Barlow, Joe Killingack and Rix on target as they continued their impressive form.


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