District side fell Forest in style
PUBLISHED: 15:34 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 13:52 02 July 2010
ESSEX PRIMARY SCHOOLS LEAGUE Waltham Forest 1 Barking & Dagenham 3 BARKING & DAGEN-HAM Primary Schools finished 2007 on a high with an impressive win at Essex League rivals Waltham Forest. The game started at a good pace with both sides keen to get the b
ESSEX PRIMARY SCHOOLS'LEAGUE
Waltham Forest 1
Barking & Dagenham 3
BARKING & DAGEN-HAM Primary Schools finished 2007 on a high with an impressive win at Essex League rivals Waltham Forest.
The game started at a good pace with both sides keen to get the ball down and play football but the Barking & Dagenham rearguard had to be alert as a pacy Waltham Forest forward went on a mazy run and it took a good tackle by Saunders to avert the danger.
Timi Abiola and Joe McDermott were working hard in the middle of the park and it was Barking & Dagenham that probably shaded the opening stages.
Both Christian Gaetian and Owen Edobor were causing problems for the Forest back four with their pace and intelligent running and both players could have put the district side ahead, only for the ball to get stuck under their feet and allowing the danger to be cleared.
Forest looked threatening going forward and the untried pairing of Rhodes and Alozie, at the centre of the defence, had to be at their strongest to deal with the physical home forwards.
Mark Frostick and Charlie Herring were both finding joy out wide but chances came and went for the former, as well as Abiola and Edobor.
However, it was Forest who took the lead after their first period of pressure when a shot from the edge of the box gave Joe Davies no chance in the visiting goal.
Barking & Dagenham almost levelled immediately but a Herring cross, flicked on by Gaetian and hit expertly on the half volley by Frostick smashed against the woodwork and away to safety.
The visitors started the second half knowing the next goal was vital and they didn't have to wait long to get back on level terms.
An Abiola corner was cleared out to Joe McDermott who calmly played it back to the taker.
He sent a delightful ball into the box and there was Alfie Hawes to head home.
Within minutes, they had taken the lead as Dikitiivus won the ball in the middle of the park and he played in Abiola whose ball split the Forest defence in half and Edobor coolly slotted home.
It was Edobor who scored the killer goal soon afterwards, showing pace and power to shrug off his marker before firing into the top corner to seal a win that sent out a message to the rest of the league.