Golby would take any Barking win

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 February 2016

Barking joint-manager Glen Golby (pic: Essex FA)

Barking joint-manager Glen Golby (pic: Essex FA)


Blues boss wants team to bounce back against Burnham Ramblers

Barking take their Essex Senior League title tilt on the road this weekend as they make the trip to Leslie Field to tackle Burnham Ramblers.

Managed by Keith Wilson, Ramblers suffered the agony of relegation from the Ryman League last season, which is where the Blues would like to eventually end up.

Burnham have found the going tough at the lower Essex Senior level, sitting in mid-table and with their hopes of a swift return to Ryman North already over.

But Golby admits he is not overly surprised to see Ramblers where they are, noting the club went through a high turnover of players after relegation.

“They lost a lot of players over the summer so they are a young and inexperienced side, so I’m not too surprised,” added Golby.

“Keith is doing a good job at getting players in playing for nothing, but the league is a lot tougher this year and there are a good five teams who could stay up in the Ryman North.”

Barking already have one win over Burnham this season, beating them 3-2 when the sides met at Mayesbrook Park in October.

That game was Golby’s first at home after taking charge with joint-manager Steve Willis, after the departure of Mick O’Shea from first-team duties.

And Golby admits he would love a repeat performance as the Blues look to keep pace with leaders FC Romania this weekend following Wednesday’s 3-3 draw at struggling Newham.

He added: “I’d be happy with any sort of win this weekend and if we come out on top in another close game, I’ll be more than happy, regardlless of the scoreline.

“We’ve had a number of clean sheets recently and I think it is important that we build on that against Burnham.

“If we do, then I think we have enough pace and quality in attack to create enough chances to win the game and keep the pressure on those teams above us.”

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