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O’Shea searching for Blues hitman

PUBLISHED: 11:30 03 September 2015

Barking put pressure on Haringey's goal (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking put pressure on Haringey's goal (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Mayesbrook Park manager discusses new signing and what he needs ahead of Takeley clash

Barking boss Mick O’Shea admits he needs a finisher as his side prepare to welcome Takeley to Mayesbrook Park in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

The Blues couldn’t break down Haringey Borough’s defence in the FA Cup at the weekend and drew 0-0 with the Ryman North outfit in their preliminary round tie.

The two sides met again at Coles Park in the replay on Tuesday and Barking were knocked out of the competition after losing 2-1, despite Ben Turner’s late penalty.

But the Blues priority this year is to earn promotion from the league and O’Shea will hope to pick up three points on Saturday.

He said: “I need a finisher who is capable of getting me 20 or 30 goals in the division with the other lads chipping in, because if you are up top you’re served up chances.

“I want to kick-start the campaign against Takeley because we don’t want to keep losing ground on Bowers & Pitsea. We have them at our place in a few weeks (September 15).

“We have a couple of home games now with Takeley this weekend, London Bari the Saturday afterwards and then the Bowers match.

“That game on September 15 should be decent and a good match. Bowers aren’t running away with it yet.

“They aren’t winning by five or six, it is twos and threes at the moment. Our goals against isn’t too bad, but we do need to start putting teams away.”

O’Shea has added to his options by signing midfielder Dean Florence, who made his debut in Saturday’s original cup tie with Haringey.

Barking enjoyed lots of possession, but couldn’t break down the Ryman side, and were made to rue that on Tuesday.

The Blues boss was pleased with his new addition and added: “We’ve signed Dean. He has been around a little bit and came from Eton Manor. He has played for different professional clubs.

“Dean has been at Charlton Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, West Ham and up at Norwich, so he is capable.”


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