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O’Shea sets target for unbeaten Blues

PUBLISHED: 11:00 30 October 2014

Tom Jeffes (right) netted Barking's winner at Hullbridge (pic; Terry Gilbert)

Tom Jeffes (right) netted Barking's winner at Hullbridge (pic; Terry Gilbert)

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Barking continued excellent league record last weekend

Barking host local rivals Ilford in the Essex Senior League on Saturday and manager Mick O’Shea will not underestimate the inconsistent Foxes.

Blues are in excellent form and remain unbeaten in the league, but O’Shea will not let their standards to slip when they welcome Allan Fenn’s team to Mayesbrook Park.

Instead, he has challenged them to try and continue their unbeaten run until a meeting with top of the table Haringey Borough – on December 20.

“I am looking forward to Ilford,” said O’Shea.

“They are our local rivals and beat us last season (3-0 at Mayesbrook Park). They can sometimes put a good side together so we won’t underestimate them.

“If we can do what we have been doing until December 20 that is where we will see what each other has got.

“If we can stay unbeaten until then it will be fantastic, or drop the least amount of points as we possibly can, it will be a game where we see what each other has got and if we beat them we send them into Christmas with a defeat.”

Blues kept their momentum at Lower Road last weekend with a 1-0 victory at Hullbridge Sports.

Tom Jeffes scored the only goal of the game and O’Shea revealed what ammunition he was given to fire his team, adding: “They are probably the best side we have played, football wise. They went down to 10 men just before half-time and that helped.

“They had said in the paper beforehand how they wanted to beat the unbeaten Barking.

“I showed the boys that before kick-off and once we got our goal we settled down a bit because it was a potential banana skin with it being 10 against 11.”

O’Shea praised his defence after a ninth clean sheet of the season, adding: “You have got to be decent to get past our back four. You have to build from the back.

“We want to score more goals. We need more goals if it goes down to goal difference, but if we keep winning 1-0 we will do it and it will even itself out anyway.”


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