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Noakes strike can’t beat lowly Basildon

PUBLISHED: 12:17 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:32 11 August 2010

l  WING WIZARD . . . Abraham Adejokun storms past his marker during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Basildon.

l WING WIZARD . . . Abraham Adejokun storms past his marker during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Basildon.

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Basildon 1Barking 1 JIMMY NOAKES eighth strike of the season was not enough for Barking as they finished their Essex Senior League season with a whimper. Many associated with the club would have expected to end the campaign on a high

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

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JIMMY NOAKES' eighth strike of the season was not enough for Barking as they finished their Essex Senior League season with a whimper.

Many associated with the club would have expected to end the campaign on a high, and gain a victory over a Basildon side second bottom and with only three wins and seven draws to show this season.

On paper it would have seemed like an easy three points but with injuries ravaging manager Dave Ross' midfield, it was always going to be harder than many would have predicted.

That sentiment was echoed after only six minutes when the home side took the lead. A free kick was awarded some distance from goal and with only a one man wall, the Amber's full-back Paul Talbot curled the ball towards goal.

Keeper Paul Butt-erfill misjudged its flight and it flew into the net to give the home side the lead. Playing a new-look 3-5-2 formation and with the injury-free Carl Paul bossing the midfield, Barking showed why they are comfortably higher than their opposition early on as they dominated poss-ession and got themselves into good areas all over the field.

The pressure told and only 11 minutes later the Blues were back on level terms. An excellent cross by Neil Matthews was flicked on by Daniel Scaddon and from close range, Noakes was on hand to tap in.

The second half was a low key affair and although Scad-don and Noakes missed golden cha-nces to earn the away side the win, the Blues could not find the target and sadly for them, ended the season with a draw rather than the expected win.

Barking: Butterfill, Toms, Paul (Dennis 81), Scadden, Kilape (Greenwood 72), Matthews, Omobeghin, Hughes (C), Miller, Noakes, Adejokun (Clark 37) Subs: Bennett, Lethbridge.

n MEANWHILE, Bar-king crashed to a 3-1 home defeat against Stansted in the Essex Senior League on Tuesday night.

Two goals in the opening 10 minutes and a goalkeeping error by Paul Butterfill put paid to Barking's chances of victory as the season continued to go out in disappointing fashion.

Barking did pull a goal back on 39 minutes when a James Hughes throw caused panic in the defence and Chris Taylor reacted well to head home.

However, 12 minutes from time, Butterfill carelessly dropped the ball at the feet of Greig Taylor and he competed Stansted's victory.


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