Bostik North: Bowers & Pitsea 4 Barking 0
PUBLISHED: 17:15 16 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:27 17 December 2017
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Barking saw their 12-match unbeaten run in Bostik North come to an end against high-flying Bowers at the Len Salmon Stadium.
The hosts made a bright start, with David Knight picking out Ryan Boswell to cross for Fahad Nyanja, who headed over after only three minutes.
And Barking were behind two minutes later when Knight’s shot was saved by Ollie Bowles and Lewis Manor tapped in the rebound.
The hosts found the net again moments later, but it was ruled out as Knight’s original cross was adjudged to have gone out of play, and Manor sent another effort wide after another good ball from Boswell.
Nyanja was flagged offside after beating Bowles on 11 minutes, but Barking got their first sight of goal moments later as Ben O’Brien fired over.
Bowers keeper Callum Chafer was then called into action for the first time to tip Martin Tuohy’s glancing header past a post on 27 minutes, before Kiernan Hughes-Mason had the ball in the home net, but was flagged offside.
Bowles pushed away Knight’s shot after a good run by Manor, but it was 2-0 just before the break as John Easterford got up to head home from a Jamie Dicks corner.
JJ Da Cruz made way for Albert Levett during half time, but Blues were 3-0 down within six minutes of the restart as Dicks sent a strike from outside the box into the far corner of the net.
Ben Sartain fired just wide on the hour, before O’Brien and Alan Taylor were replaced by Dan Gilchrist and Ryan Reed, but Bowers added their fourth goal on 65 minutes when Manor claimed his second of the afternoon, converting a flick-on from Martyn Stokes at the far post.
Bowles denied substitute Tony Stokes a fifth, then also kept out Easterford’s header from another corner and the follow-up from Stokes.
Barking rallied late on but hopes of a consolation were denied as Stokes and Easterford blocked goalbound efforts and Levett volleyed wide in the final minute.
Johnny Ashman then picked out Sartain, but he shot straight at Bowles.
Barking: Bowles, Tarbard, Adeyemi, O’Brien (Gilchrist 63), Da Cruz (Levett 46), Taylor (Reed 64), Seymour, Tuohy, Hughes-Mason, Jones. Unused subs: Gilchrist, Reed, Marfo, Peary.