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Noakes goal is not enough for Barking

PUBLISHED: 17:57 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 August 2010

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Barking 1 Eton Manor 3 A Jimmy Noakes goal was scant consolation for Barking on Saturday as, once again, they failed to take their chances allowing Eton Manor to grab all three points at Mayesbrook Park. Manor were quick from the outse

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Barking 1 Eton Manor 3

A Jimmy Noakes goal was scant consolation for Barking on Saturday as, once again, they failed to take their chances allowing Eton Manor to grab all three points at Mayesbrook Park.

Manor were quick from the outset as Matt Toms cleared off the line to deny Bradley Nelson.

Barking came back into the game and should have taken the lead after 26 minutes.

Noakes played in Dean Clark and although his shot had real venom, former Blue Andy Hall was equal to the task and turned the ball behind.

Craig Greenwood went close for the visitors before they took the lead 10 minutes before the break.

A long ball forward was not cut out and Anton Stephenson placed the ball past Butterfill and then into the net. Their lead should have been doubled minutes later, but with the with the goal gaping Nelson somehow shot wide.

His strike partner made no mistake four minutes later however as Stephenson controlled a long ball from the back well before firing past the helpless Butterfill.

Barking started the second brightly and after 52 minutes, a long corner found Toms whose firm diving header hit the bar, the line and bounced out again.

Ten minutes later, Barking's job became even harder when Dennis jumped in with a two-footed tackle and was immediately shown a red card, his second of the season.

Two minutes later things went from bad to worse as Manley Brown finished coolly to make it 3-0.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, the home side began to play some good stuff and with 10 minutes remaining, Ofei's good run to the line and better cross found the head of Noakes to pull one back.

Buoyed by the breakthrough, a Miller corner on 84 minutes found the head of Greenwood but, as in the first half, his effort went wide.

In a frantic finish both teams created but neither could take advantage as Manor took all three points.

Barking: Butterfill, Hughes, Lethbridge (Ross 81), Dennis, Adejokun, Matthews, Omobeghin, Thomas (Greenwood 31), Miller, Noakes, Ofei (Clark 83).

Attendance: 42

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