Essex Senior League: Barking boss Glen Golby expects Clapton fans to cheer on London Bari

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 March 2017

Barking's Omari Delgado gets away from the Tower Hamlets defence

Barking's Omari Delgado gets away from the Tower Hamlets defence


Blues visit Old Spotted Dog on Saturday, which Bari share with Tons

Manager Glen Golby expects plenty of Clapton fans to be in attendance at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday when his Barking squad visit London Bari in the Essex Senior League.

The Blues, who won 3-1 against Tower Hamlets at the weekend, currently lead the way in the Essex Senior by five points from Tons and have plenty of games in hand over their title rivals.

Clapton, though, are without a game this weekend and Golby expects some of their fans to be at the ground they share with Bari, cheering the hosts on against Barking.

He said: “There is no game for Clapton this weekend, so I fully expect a few of their fans down the Old Spotted Dog cheering on Bari.

“In terms of what we’re expecting, we believe that London Bari will be very similar to what we faced against Tower Hamlets last week.

“London Bari have some very talented individuals that can cause us problems, but sometimes they struggle as a unit.”

Barking’s task will have been made somewhat easier by the news that Bari’s leading scorer Joel Appiah has left to join Ryman North outfit Brentwood Town.

It means the Blues no longer have to worry about keeping the 20-goal forward quiet, though Golby is aware that there are other threats that remain in the Bari squad.

“Hopefully Appiah leaving London Bari recently makes it easier for us and hopefully it plays into our hands,” he added.

“On their day, though, Bari do still have some game-changers in their side that we have to be wary of on Saturday.”

Barking have potent strikers of their own, though, including Omari Delgado who netted his first goal since January 31 and 20th this season against Hamlets at the weekend.

And Golby has backed the forward to get on the scoresheet again against Bari on Saturday.

“Omari is someone who has been in and out of the squad and because of the form of James, he has only come on for the final 10-15 minutes in matches,” he said.

“Against Hamlets, he started and took his chances, so hopefully he can start to kick on now and get back among the goals regularly.”

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