O’Shea is hoping his Barking blankers can find happiness against Hamlets

PUBLISHED: 15:00 17 September 2015

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

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


Blues boss discusses new signings ahead of another busy week for Mayesbrook Park outfit

After a stalemate against London Bari in the Essex Senior League at the weekend, Barking manager Mick O’Shea is hoping some new signings can inspire his team to reach the summit this year.

The Blues travel to the Mile End Stadium on Saturday to take on a young and talented Tower Hamlets side.

O’Shea is keen for his men to get back to winning ways in the division after a goalless draw with Bari last time out and he hopes new recruit Kieron English can help inspire success this weekend.

“It will be an interesting battle against Hamlets. We should be able to capitalise on our superior physicality compared to them, but talk is cheap,” said the Barking boss.

“Kieran signed last week and I hoped to have him involved against Hullbridge Sports in the Essex Senior Cup, but we couldn’t get his registration sorted out in time for that and then he went on holiday.

“He is available for this Saturday, though, and has been at Billericay Town and Concord Rangers before.

“The lad had been out of the country for a year and he can’t get a game at Hornchurch, but that is no surprise when they have George Purcell and David Knight, so we have got him for a little while hopefully.”

Barking beat Hullbridge 9-8 on penalties last Tuesday after their tie finished level at 1-1 following extra time.

They were in league cup action on Tuesday and progressed past Waltham Forest following a 3-0 when at Mayesbrook Park.

Billy Reynolds, James Barlow and Sipho Mtyanda all found the net in the second half to set up a second round clash at Clapton.

But O’Shea is now hoping his team can get back amongst the goals in the league following an extremely disappointing encounter with Bari at Mayesbrook Park.

“A plus was us bringing in Charlie Dove from Hornchurch and he made his debut last weekend,” added O’Shea.

“He is a decent player, who is a little bit short of fitness. We had Sipho Mtyanda back and alongside Ryan Creed and another new lad Matt Ashwell up front. They didn’t gel, but it was two youngsters and one senior man. I am hoping they’ll improve together with time.”

After visiting Hamlets on Saturday, the Blues will welcome Southend Manor to Mayesbrook Park on Tuesday for a second round clash in the Essex Senior Cup.

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