Bostik North: Bury Town 2 Barking 1
PUBLISHED: 19:24 15 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:00 16 December 2018
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Barking made the long trip back from Bury St Edmunds empty-handed after a slender defeat on Saturday.
Blues boss Justin Gardner had spoken in the build-up to the match about how visiting Ram Meadow was a bit like going into a ‘Lion’s Den’ and saw his side fall behind midway through the first half as Ollie Hughes netted for the hosts.
Barking were back on level terms on 36 minutes, though, as Darelle Russell maintained his good scoring form, netting for the third match in succession to take his tally for the season to eight.
However, Hughes restored Bury’s lead with his second goal of the game on the stroke of half time, to delight the majority of the fans in a crowd of 240.
Gardner sent Gary Cohen on for Daniel Cheema at the start of the second half, with Ola Ogunwamide making way for Rashid Kamara before the hour mark.
But the visitors could not find a way back into the match and saw Kamara, Abs Seymour and Russell join Jack Edwards in picking up yellow cards on a frustrating day.
Defeat, and Tilbury’s 3-0 win over Gardner’s former club Aveley, saw Barking drop one place in the table to 14th with a home match against Brentwood to come next Saturday.
Blues are then set to play their final match of 2018 at Aveley on December 29.
Barking: Brown, Tarbard, Peart, Edwards (Mignot 85), Bruce, Cosson, Osadebe, Seymour, Russell, Cheema (Cohen 46), Ogunwamide (Kamara 57). Unused subs: Elsom, McQueen.