Golby: Barking responding well in race for title

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2016

Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Blues boss backs side to keep good form going against Hullbridge

Barking joint-manager Glen Golby says he is thrilled with the team’s effort and application in recent weeks as they look to stretch their unbeaten run to five games against Hullbridge Sports.

The Blues title challenge suffered a blow at the start of February when they lost at home to Essex Senior League leaders FC Romania.

But Barking have three wins and a draw from four matches since to reignite their season, going above Basildon into second place last weekend.

They take on a Hullbridge side who have been somewhat disappointing so far this campaign and find themselves in 12th place.

And Golby has backed his team to keep their good form going as Barking look to cut the gap to Romania.

“It’s been a great response from the boys and I can’t fault them,” said Golby.

“While it wasn’t a loss, we had a go at the players after the Newham draw and even from then, the response has been good.

“We’ve got ourselves back on track, but we need to keep plugging away if we want to cut the gap at the top.”

Barking and Hullbridge shared the spoils in their earlier meeting this season, after a thrilling 3-3 draw at Lower Road.

Kieran English, Ben Turner and Joe Staunton all scored for the Blues in that game, but Golby revealed he was not overly pleased with the defensive display.

Barking have improved at the back since then, earning a clean sheet in a 4-0 success against Sporting Bengal United on Saturday.

And Golby has backed his defenders to do well again this weekend as he looks for a fourth win in Barking’s last five matches.

Golby added: “Defensively against Hullbridge in November, we weren’t very good and we should have dealt better with all of their goals. We seem to have cut that out now which is good, so if we can defend well this then we should be on course for a win.”

Golby may witness another high-scoring game this weekend, with Sports having seen plenty of goals in their games recently.

Hullbridge’s matches this month had produced 19 goals following their 3-2 win at home to Sawbridgeworth Town and Golby hopes to take full advantage of Sports’ leaky defence at Mayesbrook Park this weekend.

“Hullbridge are a young side, so they are going to make a few mistakes and let in a few goals,” he said.

“They are good going forward and their wingers are decent, but I’m confident we have the quality in the Barking team to be able to cause them problems too.”

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