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PUBLISHED: 15:42 17 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 11 August 2010

FIT AGAIN: Barking's Mequel de Souza

FIT AGAIN: Barking's Mequel de Souza

NEW SIGNING Des Gallen drew a blank on his debut, but Barking left Enfield with a more than creditable point on Saturday.

NEW SIGNING Des Gallen drew a blank on his debut, but Barking left Enfield with a more than creditable point on Saturday.

Manager Steve Munday chose to field a previously untested strike duo of Gallen, who left Ilford last week, and the fit-again Mequel de Souza, starting his first game since October 17.

Despite their status as the Essex Senior League's lowest scorers, The Blues created chances through the game, but again fell short in front of goal.

"It was another hard-won point on the road and we would probably have taken that at three o'clock," said Barking coach Neil Day.

"We're showing some real durability away from home now with goalless draws at three of the top five, but still not that elusive first win.

"We could finish up with both the best defensive and worst attacking records in the league by the end of the season - which will be a rarity for the statisticians I'm sure.

"Ironically, we rung the changes up top on Saturday, but frustratingly drew a blank once more. We couldn't fault the effort though.

"Enfield knew they were in a battle and both teams had the physical scars to prove it.

"Our hold-up play was good in this one, as you would expect from players of Migy's and Des's undoubted quality. With a little more match sharpness from both it could be a productive partnership."

Barking's two best chances of the game came in the second half. The first of which arose from a Ricky Mackin corner, from which Joe Tungate hit a superb shot, which crashed against the post and rebounded to Alf Dickinson, whose instinctive shot went wide.

Moments later, Ben Turner and Simon Stone both made interceptions before an excellent Ricky Mackin shot drew an equally fine save from Mbaky in the Enfield net.

Barking currently sit 14th in the league table, but would move to within four points of their upcoming opponents, Southend Manor, with a win on Saturday.

"Defensively we were not at our best first half," said Day.

"But the boys listened to the advice, dropped deeper in the second half and looked altogether more comfortable.

"Both teams had good chances to win it after the break and a pretty was a pretty fair result in the end."

Barking: Clark, Dennis (D Mackin 46), Walsh, Dickinson, B Turner, G Mackin, Tungate (Offei 75), R Mackin, de Souza, Stone, Gallen (Sandiford 83).


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