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Gayle blows in but Blues end up level

PUBLISHED: 16:59 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:35 11 August 2010

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Hullbridge Sports 1 Barking 1 BARKING s bid for promotion looks doomed after a 1-1 draw at Hullbridge Sports on Saturday. The Blues started positively and were ahead after 12 minutes through new loan signing from Redbridge Aaron Gayle

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Hullbridge Sports 1

Barking 1

BARKING's bid for promotion looks doomed after a 1-1 draw at Hullbridge Sports on Saturday.

The Blues started positively and were ahead after 12 minutes through new loan signing from Redbridge Aaron Gayle but, despite dominating the play, were pegged back after 78 minutes by Jack Munroe's goal.

Barking are now 15 points behind the leaders and with 10 games left promotion seems unlikely.

Even before Gayle's strike Barking had chances as early in the game a Gayle header found Jimmy Noakes, whose shot was safely gathered by home keeper Richard Mann. The first goal was not far away however as after hassling a defender into a mistake Gayle jinked inside and unleashed a ferocious shot which beat Mann's dive, nestling in the back of the net.

Naturally stung by the goal, Hullbridge hit back and for a period the visitors are pinned in theor own half, mainly through the fierce blasts of wind. One attempted clearance by a Barking defender perilously screwed back towards his own goal as scrambling keeper, Liam Stone, was relieved to see the ball go past the post for a corner.

Barking fought back again and a cross-cum-shot by Abraham Adejokun nearly deceived Mann but he managed to palm it away to safety.

Barking started the second half looking comfortable in possession and forced a number of throws, free-kicks and corners which although pressured the home goal the only real chance was for James Hughes, whose shot from outside the area and struck the bar, with Mann beaten.

The tide began to turn against Barking when Hullbridge introduced their substitutes and suddenly found a burst of energy and urgency which previously had been missing.

A disputed free-kick inadvertently led to the home side's equaliser. And unlike the first half Jack Munroe was left with a simple tap-in for 1-1.

In response, and to try and bring some impetus back to their play, Dave Ross made a double change with Neil Matthews and Adejokun being replaced by Fabio Jesus and Dean Clark. But, despite the changes, and with eight minutes left its Hullbridge who had the best chance to score, as Stone saved the Blues from defeat with a fine save from Chay Spreadborough.

Barking: Stone, Hughes, Lethbridge, Scadden, Simm, Matthews (Jesus 81), Dennis, Thomas, Gayle, Noakes, Adejokun (Clark 81) Subs: Omobeghin, Cools-Lartique.

Attendance: 37

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