Bostik North: Barking 2 Maldon & Tiptree 1
PUBLISHED: 09:11 10 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 December 2017
Barking dispatched Maldon & Tiptree with consummate ease despite going a goal down early on at Mayesbrook Park to extend their unbeaten run to 12 league matches on Saturday.
The Blues were denied by a brilliant save by Dominic Kurasik on 17 minutes, with the keeper getting down well to block Kiernan Hughes-Mason‘s first-time shot after being played through by Billy Jones on the edge of the box.
It was Maldon who broke the deadlock moments later on the 20-minute mark as they caught a rare sight of the Barking penalty area and capitalised when Hussain Jaffa fouled Oluwole Akinsanya.
The league’s leading goalscorer Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe stepped up and converted his ninth penalty of the season to take his tally to an impressive 22 league goals, but it would be his only telling contribution to the game other than his second-half theatrics that led to a Barking player being booked.
Barking were undeterred by the goal and continued to press forward with Jones causing Maldon’s suspect defence a few problems and having a goal ruled out for offside on the half-hour mark.
A minute later Hughes-Mason was put through on goal and the Barking frontman did well to judge the ball over his shoulder but could only watch as his volley whistled just over the bar.
With Ogedi-Uzokwe’s threat subdued by Blues centre-halves Jaffa and Tiob Adeyemi, Maldon quickly ran out of ideas after finding no luck with their trusted ball over the top out of defence.
And Barking picked up from where they left off in the second half with their equaliser coming from Jones, whose forwards tireless effort paid dividends when he popped up at the near post to head in Abs Seymour’s corner on 70 minutes.
Spurred on by their stunning second-half comeback from three goals down against Brentwood in midweek Barking took the lead eight minutes later and wrapped up the points.
Maldon’s defence was caught napping by skipper Seymour’s quickly taken free kick, which put Hughes-Mason through on goal and he wrong-footed Kurasik, taking the ball around the keeper and slotting the ball into the empty net.
The final whistle couldn’t come any sooner for the Maldon backline as Barking piled forward in search of more goals.
Jaffa proved a constant threat from set-plays throughout and was unlucky as his looping header bounced off the top of the crossbar and out of play.
The post also came to Maldon’s rescue in injury time, denying Martin Tuohy his first Barking goal, but the points were secured as Justin Gardner’s men extended their fine run ahead of Tuesday’s trip to leaders Hornchurch.
Barking: Bowles, Tarbard, Abiola, O’Brien, Jaffa, Adeyemi, Taylor, Seymour (Gilchrist 90), Levett (Tuohy 67), Hughes-Mason (Marfo 83), Jones. Unused subs: Reed, Bakici.