O’Shea: Barking will beat Haringey Borough

PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 February 2015

Barking boss Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking boss Mick O'Shea (pic: Terry Gilbert)


Rallying cry from Blues boss ahead of first title clash tomorrow night

Barking matchwinner Ben Turner (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking matchwinner Ben Turner (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking have a chance to move within three points of Essex Senior League leaders Haringey Borough tomorrow night and manager Mick O’Shea is certain they will beat the north London outfit.

Blues 1-0 win over Clapton on Saturday, thanks to Ben Turner’s 15th minute penalty, brought the Mayesbrook Park side just six points behind Borough.

Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)

That advantage at the top of the table was 14 points at one point during January, but Barking have battled back admirably.

With Haringey coming to Mayesbrook tomorrow, Blues boss accepts only a win will do for his team.

Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

“They are a decent side, but they haven’t come up against our defence. They have big boys up top, but we are decent at the back,” insisted O’Shea

“We have Glen Golby, Brad Ling and Jason Willis in goal so if you can get past them boys fair play.

“Earlier in the campaign they got a ridiculous amount of goals and were bullying teams, but we are only half way through the season.

“There is 16 games still to go and if we can win tomorrow night that will cut the gap to three points.

“Haringey will be beat tomorrow night, don’t worry about that. I don’t think too many managers will turn around and say that when they are about to face Haringey, but we will beat them.”

The Mayesbrook pitch cut up badly following Saturday’s match, but O’Shea remains confident the game with the league leaders will go ahead.

Waltham Forest are next up for Barking after Tueday’s clash and will conclude Blues run of facing the other teams in the top five.

He is pleased people are starting to talk and take notice of his side after four-game winning streak.

“The victory against Clapton has put us back amongst the pigeons, if we win tomorrow we will be three points behind Haringey, despite them having a game in hand,” said O’Shea.

“We have come back from something like a 14-point difference and hopefully they can slip up at Bowers & Pitsea or Waltham Forest as well.

“Unless we get a real downpour it will go ahead and we want to keep up the momentum we have got.

“We beat the third place team away, FC Romania, we beat the fifth place team at home, Clapton, and we will beat first tomorrow, Haringey, and beat fourth, Waltham Forest, on Saturday.”

If Barking can achieve that, they will put Haringey under a certain type of pressure they haven’t experienced for a long time.

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