FA Cup: Barking held by Bloods
PUBLISHED: 11:23 20 August 2017
Barking 0 Saffron Walden Town 0
Barking were held to a goalless stalemate by Saffron Walden in a largely one-sided affair FA Cup preliminary round tie.
But a game that lacked goals didn’t lack chances and cup spirit albeit Saffron’s solitary counter attack which almost caused an upset.
The Blues best chance came in the second half when Billy Jones saw his header glance across the face of goal.
Barking’s best football came in spells with full back Akwasi Marfo linking up well with winger Alan Taylor.
Their overlapping runs caused the Bloods all sorts of problems down the left flank but chances kept going begging as Barking failed to make their build-up play count in the final third.
The late introductions of Theo Ola and Max Watters in the second half asked more questions of the visitors.
But a Danny Fitzsimons header from a corner late on and forward flurries by Theo Ola and Max Watters drew nothing but frustration for the hosts.
It wasn’t for a lack of effort, but the Blues just couldnt break the deadlock.
Joint manager Justin Gardner felt his side made hard work of the tie although there were positives they could take from remaining in the competition.
The Bostik North club created a lot of chances but Gardner expects better of his side and questioned the desire to put their body on the line, while also promising changes for the replay at Saffron Walden on Tuesday.
Barking: Bowles, Tarbard, Marfo, Willis, Fitzsimons, O’Brien, Capela (Ola 65), Seymour, Jones, Gilchrist (Watters 76), Taylor. Unused subs: Abiola, Tombides, Izukanul, Adeyemi, Golby.
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