Isthmian North: Barking joint-manager Glen Golby expects a tough test against Dagenham & Redbridge XI

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 July 2017

John Bricknell embarks on a mazy run for Barking against West Essex (pic: Terry Gilbert)

John Bricknell embarks on a mazy run for Barking against West Essex (pic: Terry Gilbert)


London Borough of Barking & Dagenham rivals to meet for Peter Webster Memorial Trophy on Saturday

Michael Pindy (7) scores the second goal for Barking against West Essex (pic: Terry Gilbert)Michael Pindy (7) scores the second goal for Barking against West Essex (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking joint-manager Glen Golby says his side will face a stern test when they host a Dagenham & Redbridge XI in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

The two sides from the borough will clash at Mayesbrook Park this weekend for the Peter Webster Memorial Trophy, with a 2pm kick-off.

With Daggers also in action at home to League Two outfit Stevenage on the same day, it is likely to be a youthful squad that the National League club send for the clash.

But regardless of who lines up for the opposition, Golby believes the Blues will have another good tune-up, before the Isthmian North season starts at home to Waltham Abbey on August 12.

“We know it will likely be their academy team with one or two first-teamers coming back from injury, but it’s still the kind of game we need,” said Golby.

“The Dagenham youngsters will be out there looking to prove a point and show why they should be given a chance in the first team, so it will be a good run out for us. We’re scoring a lot of goals at the minute, but we’re looking to tighten up at the back in the coming games. It should be a good game for the fans to come and watch.”

Last weekend was a busy one for Barking, with the Blues in action on both Friday and Saturday.

Away to a Concord Rangers XI on Friday night, Golby’s men cantered to a 4-1 with Dan Gilchrist netting a brace, while Theo Ola and Michael Pindy were also on target.

The following day, Barking hosted tenants West Essex, with the landlords recording a 3-1 success thanks to a double from Pindy and an Alan Smalls goal.

The results ensured the Blues continued their hot streak in front of goal so far this pre-season and Golby is happy with how things are going in attack.

“Having played for and against (fellow joint-manager) Justin Gardner, I know his sides can score,” added Golby. “We have the firepower to score a lot of goals this season and all the forwards are getting to where they need to be.

“Jay Knight is showing he has potential; Shane Oakley looks good in training; Goldy Capela is a big, powerful forward; Taylor Tombides has come in and done well, as has Dan Gilchrist since he’s joined, so things are looking very positive.”

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