Golby: Reynolds’ return is what Barking need for title
PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 January 2016
Blues joint-boss says attacker can fire team to glory as season reachs climax
Barking joint-manager Glen Golby is confident returning star Lamar Reynolds can play a huge role in the team’s quest to win the Essex Senior League title.
Reynolds returned to the Blues earlier this month following spells with Heybridge, Thurrock and Aveley in higher leagues.
And he came off the bench to score the winner as Barking beat Enfield 1-0 in their first league match for three weeks.
Golby knows Reynolds will continue to shine for Blues, having experienced at first hand just how good he is.
”I played against him a few years ago when I was with Maldon and he played for Barking. He was part of a front three that were very dangerous,” said Golby.
“He’s gone on to play in the Ryman League, but it didn’t work out so he got in touch with our chairman Rob O’Brien about coming back.
“He offers us pace in attack, something which we missed a bit since Wale Odedoyin left, and Lamar could have easily had three or four against Enfield.”
Reynolds’ return is also likely to lift the pressure off leading scorer James Peagram who, due to a string of postponements, has not scored in over a month.
Peagram had chances to add to his 10-goal tally this season against Enfield at Harlow, but failed to find the net.
But Golby has backed his striker to return to form sooner rather than later, adding that Peagram will be spurred on by the new competition for places.
“It had got to the stage where James was scoring two or three a game, but against Enfield his finishing was atrocious,” added Golby, an unused substitute.
“It’s taken the burden off James somewhat, knowing that there are others in the team who are capable of scoring if he doesn’t.
“But he also knows these same players are also pushing for his place so he knows that he can’t let up if he wants to start.”
Having not played for three weeks, the last thing Barking are likely to have wanted is another Saturday off.
But that is exactly the case with the Blues not in action again until Tuesday (February 2) when they host title rivals FC Romania in what could prove a vital
The Blues have already lost twice against Romania this season, being knocked out of the Gordon Brasted Trophy and edged out in a seven-goal thriller which they lost 4-3.
Golby says he intends to use this free Saturday for a spot of team bonding with Barking, but also believes it will help the Blues be fully prepared for the clash against Romania.
“It’s a big game for both teams. Against Enfield we recorded our sixth clean sheet in a row, so if we can get another and score a few we know we’ll win,” he added.
“If we do get the victory, it puts us in a good position with a game in hand and also puts pressure on Romania, Basildon and Bowers.”