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Blues win derby as Noakes nets twice

PUBLISHED: 16:40 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 August 2010

ABOVE . . . Barking’s Chris Taylor challenges Clapton’s Craig Leader for the ball. INSET: Blues skipper Alan Lethbridge puts a first-half header wide of the target.

ABOVE . . . Barking’s Chris Taylor challenges Clapton’s Craig Leader for the ball. INSET: Blues skipper Alan Lethbridge puts a first-half header wide of the target.

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Barking 3 Clapton 1 Matt Diner reports from Mayesbrook Park A JIMMY NOAKES double and a Fabio Jesus strike were enough for Barking as they came back from a goal down to register an important win over Clapton. The visitors took the lea

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Barking 3 Clapton 1

Matt Diner reports from Mayesbrook Park

A JIMMY NOAKES double and a Fabio Jesus strike were enough for Barking as they came back from a goal down to register an important win over Clapton.

The visitors took the lead midway through the first half at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday through Craig Leader, but were pegged back by man-of-the-match Jesus, who scored his third of the season.

After a poor first half display, Barking came out strongly in the second period and took the game to Clapton and then the points through two well-taken strikes by Noakes, who hit his sixth and seventh goals of the season.

Within the first 10 minutes the home side had opportunities to take the lead - Mark Parker spilt the ball to Sam Dennis, but the Clapton keeper redeemed himself by saving the effort. Noakes received a pass and appeared to be in on goal but Parker narrowed the angle and saved the Barking striker's effort.

The visitors flexed their muscles and after 16 minutes it was no real surprise when a cross by Andy Richardson was met by the head of Leader who powered his header past Liam Stone and into the net.

Barking regrouped, gritted their teeth, and came again as Jesus worked his way to the goal line and faced with a choice of shot or cross, elected to fire in an effort which, with Parker stranded, hit the side netting.

The Blues were now dominating the play and equalised after 30 minutes when a James Hughes free kick landed at the feet of Jesus, who made no mistake and slotted the ball into the corner of the net.

The home side almost took the lead just before the break as Dennis powered a header towards goal which was well saved by former Barking goalkeeper Parker, who pulled off a stop of real class.

Barking started the second period as they ended the first, on the front foot. As early as the first minute Noakes warmed the hands of Parker with his snapshot.

This was followed by a good corner routine - Neil Matthews played the ball to Jesus who in turn found Taylor, who took the ball past Parker and in effort to swivel and shoot, lost his balance screwing his shot wide.

The Blues were finally rewarded with the lead after the hour-mark, when a Clark cross was headed past the exposed Parker by Noakes with Clapton vainly appealing for offside.

The home side were in cruise control and, after 86 minutes, it was 3-1, substitute Aaron Gayle, after seemingly kicking out at an opponent, knocked the ball on to Noakes, who calmly rounded Parker and slotted it into the back of the net.

Barking almost added a fourth, but Carl Bruce saw his header cleared off the line.

Barking: Wells 7, Simm 7 (Bruce 46), Hughes 6, Scadden 6, Lethbridge 6, Matthews 8, Dennis 7, N Jesus 8 (Adejokun 55), Taylor 7 (Gayle 73), Noakes 8, Clark 7. Subs: Omobeghin.

Attendance: 53

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