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Essex Senior League: Barking want to edge closer to title with win at home to Eton Manor

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 March 2017

Glen Golby (right) in action for Barking earlier in the season (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Glen Golby (right) in action for Barking earlier in the season (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues could be as little as one point away from title by the end of the weekend, providing results go their way

Barking can take another giant stride towards the Essex Senior League title this weekend with a home win over mid-table Eton Manor.

The Blues will head into the match knowing they need just five points from their remaining six fixtures to claim the title following a 3-0 home triumph over Southend Manor last weekend, though did lose to Sawbridgeworth Town in the League Cup on Tuesday night.

On paper, it looks like another straightforward win for the Mayesbrook Park club against an Eton Manor side who have been struggling for consistency.

And with their visitors having little to play for other than pride, joint player/manager Glen Golby hopes Barking can go out and take full advantage this weekend.

“Eton Manor are a bit hit-and-miss, but we know a lot of their players so we know they can be a handful on their day,” he said.

“If Eton Manor turn up in the right frame of mind, it could be tough for us, but we’re hoping they turn up thinking they’re near the end of the season.”

Barking will also hope to take advantage of Eton Manor’s leaky defence, with the visitors having not kept a clean sheet in all competitions since November 9.

One man in particular who will be looking to get on the scoresheet this weekend is James Peagram, who despite being Blues’ top scorer this term has stuttered recently.

Peagram, who has 43 goals in total this season, has found the net just twice in his last five games.

And with rival Charlie Cole of Takeley now having overtaken Peagram in the race for the league’s golden boot, Golby is expecting a reaction from his striker.

“James is having a bit of a tough spell at the moment, but he is still scoring,” added the Blues boss.

“Now that Charlie has gone in front of him in the race for the golden boot, I’m sure that will push James on until the end of the season.”


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