Bostik North: Barking manager Glen Golby to come up against familiar face against Heybridge Swifts

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 August 2017

Alan Taylor in possession for Barking against Saffron Walden Town as Akwasi Marfo goes on the overlap (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Alan Taylor in possession for Barking against Saffron Walden Town as Akwasi Marfo goes on the overlap (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Blues boss set to face off against former manager this weekend

Barking joint-manager Glen Golby will come up against a familiar face this weekend when his side host Heybridge Swifts in the Bostik North.

The Blues welcome the Swifts to Mayesbrook Park, with Jody Brown’s men currently leading the way after two matches.

Brown is someone Golby knows well, with the Barking boss having played under the former when the Swifts manager was in caretaker charge of Redbridge in 2010.

And Golby believes the experience of playing under Brown can help him and the Blues prepare for this weekend, though he knows his side face a tough task against Heybridge.

“I know their manager Jody Brown from my time at Redbridge and he’s a good coach,” said Golby.

“Jody will have them well drilled, and he’s made some superb signings in the summer, like Jack Giddens in goal from Billericay Town.

“Heybridge have started well and I expect them to still be up there near the top come the end of the season.

“We know they have quality in all areas of the pitch, so we have to nullify their threats.”

Following Saturday’s clash at home to Heybridge, Barking make a quick return to action when they visit Witham Town on Monday.

It will be a test of the Blues’ squad to play twice in a touch over 48 hours, though they have already experienced it once this season despite the term only starting on August 12.

And rather than fear the packed weekend, Golby is instead relishing it, believing it offers the Blues a good chance to get their first league win of the season on the board.

“It’s always nice to play twice in quick succession as you can either get a loss out of your system fast or try to build on the momentum of a win – hopefully it’s the latter!

“I’d rather the boys were playing games than in training as it’s obviously more realistic.

“There might have to be some changes to the squad because of the short turnaround between matches, but we’re looking forward to it.

“In recent years, it’s not often that we’ve found ourselves playing on a Bank Holiday Monday.”

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