Fairytale finish for Barking’s Jeffes
PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2015
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Striker signs off with goal in cup final win
Barking striker Tom Jeffes was delighted to end his time at the club with a goal in their Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy final win over former club Clapton.
Jeffes netted his 21st goal of the campaign in a 4-2 success at Burnham’s Leslie Field as Blues ended an 18-year wait for silverware.
And he admitted it was the fairytale ending, saying: “I can’t complain, it couldn’t be much better really.
“It’s a lovely way to finish, but I’m gutted to be leaving. They’re a good bunch of boys and it was against my old club as well.
“It’s nice. We’ve had a tough season, we came third, lost in the semi-final on Tuesday so we could quite easily have gone away with nothing, but it’s nice to win a cup and when you score you can’t complain.”
Barking broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time thanks to a wonder goal from Joe Staunton and doubled their advantage immediately after the restart through captain Ben O’Brien.
James Briggs fired home a free-kick to give Tons hope, in front of a noisy crowd of 360, but Jeffes ended any hopes of a comeback with Barking’s third.
He added: “I thought first half we controlled it without penetrating them, went in 1-0 up after a ‘cup final’ goal and second half we come out and did exactly what we wanted, got an early goal.
“Maybe we stepped off a little bit, which can happen at 2-0, and they got back into it, but it was nice that I got the chance to finish the game effectively and we’ve gone on and won 4-2.”
Stand-in striker Glen Golby grabbed Barking’s fourth before Jake Stevens replied with a late consolation for Tons.
And Jeffes had praise for his attacking partner, adding: “It was a surprise. I was struggling a bit. My ankle is always dodgy and the manager called me over and said Golby’s playing up front with you, which was a bit of a surprise.
“But he was brilliant. He’s a pro really, in a non-league side, so I couldn’t complain. He held it up well and took a lot of the attention away from me.
It was a surprise, but a nice one.”
Jeffes also paid tribute to substitute Sipho Mtyanda, who proved a handful for the Tons defence and helped Barking assert their authority in the final half hour.
He said: “Sipho’s superb. He’s been like it all season. He’s had to bide his time a little bit, but technically wise he’s our best player.
“He’s very skilful and you want players like that to come on because they change it and end the game effectively for you.”
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