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Blues remain focused with crucial clashes coming up

PUBLISHED: 14:30 18 February 2015

Barking boss Mick O'Shea. Pic: Terry Gilbert

Barking boss Mick O'Shea. Pic: Terry Gilbert

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Barking manager Mick O’Shea discusses upcoming fixtures and last weekend’s win over Stansted

Stansted keeper Reece Paine punches clear under pressure from Barking's James Barlow (pic; Terry Gilbert)Stansted keeper Reece Paine punches clear under pressure from Barking's James Barlow (pic; Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O’Shea is more confident than ever that his team can win silverware.

Blues host Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League this weekend before Eton Manor visit in the quarter-finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Tuesday.

Barking matchwinner Steve Willis in action at Stansted (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking matchwinner Steve Willis in action at Stansted (pic: Terry Gilbert)

And O’Shea is aiming for more victories this week.

He said: “We hope to get three points on Saturday and then we have the quarter-final match so there is a lot happening at Barking at the moment.

Barking captain Ben O'Brien goes close with a diving header at Stansted (pic; Terry Gilbert)Barking captain Ben O'Brien goes close with a diving header at Stansted (pic; Terry Gilbert)

“Hopefully come the end of the season we have got a bit of silverware, from the cup, and we have won the league too.”

Barking have three former Tower Hamlets players who will be expected to feature in Saturday’s game.

The Mile End club have only recently resumed their league campaign after they were suspended for a month during December and January.

And Blues will be looking to achieve a big victory this weekend, O’Shea added: “Tower Hamlets haven’t been winning since they started playing, but they could recruit this week.

“We haven’t really battered them whenever we have played them. They have always been quite close, but we have a few of their team from last season like of our keeper Jason Willis, Steve Willis and Joe Killingback so that helps us.

“But the players know the aim is three points from every game. One point isn’t enough, it is always three and they have been absolutely brilliant.

“I don’t need to do much talking because they are all focused and they all want success.”

Barking gained more ground on Haringey Borough last weekend by defeating Stansted 1-0 at Hargrave Park.

Steve Willis grabbed the only goal of the game in the second half to keep up the pressure on the north London outfit.

Haringey had been beaten by Stansted on February 10, so the win was all the more pleasing.

“I was really pleased to get the three points,” added O’Shea.

“And straight after the game every single one of the Stansted players said ‘go and win it now Barking.’ They were saying we are mentally stronger than Haringey so that was good.

“It is great to hear that straight after the full-time whistle. If I lose I don’t want to talk to anybody for half an hour so they were very courteous.

“They had played Haringey in the week and measured them against us and must believe we have a stronger squad.”

O’Shea added: “The momentum is with us and we have the bit between our teeth. It will take a good side to beat us, but it could happen so we won’t be taking anything for granted.”

Barking’s scheduled match with Takeley yesterday was called off after the Mayesbrook Park pitch failed an inspection.


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