Bostik North: Justin Gardner gutted as unbeaten run ends for Barking at Bowers & Pitsea
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:31 18 December 2017
Blues saw 12-game unbeaten run in league come to an end on Saturday after losing 4-0 on road
Barking manager Justin Gardner admits he was upset to see his side’s 12-game unbeaten run in the Bostik North come to an end with a 4-0 defeat at Bowers & Pitsea.
Prior to Saturday’s defeat at the Len Salmon Stadium, the Blues had not lost in the league since going down 3-1 at home to Mildenhall Town on October 14.
After more than two months, the Mayesbrook Park outfit saw that streak end at the weekend, much to Gardner’s regret.
“It was a disappointing result. We went into the game missing a few players through unavailability, and the reshuffle didn’t work unfortunately,” he said.
“Bowers are a good side and they will definitely challenge for the title this season.
“For us, it was just a bad day at the office unfortunately.”
Barking trailed inside five minutes at the weekend and were three down inside 51 minutes against Bowers.
Gardner, though, still felt that even when his side trailed by three, they could have launched a comeback, citing their recent heroics against Brentwood Town earlier this month, when they came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3.
“When we were down by two or three goals, I still felt we could come back because we have shown we can do that in recent weeks,” he added.
“In the second half, I felt we were better and we created chances.
“Bowers hit us twice on the counter, and it was difficult to break them down because they had something to hold on to.”