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O’Shea targets another win to take Barking ahead of Borough

PUBLISHED: 14:30 16 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:56 16 February 2015

Barking boss Mick O'Shea. Pic: Terry Gilbert

Barking boss Mick O'Shea. Pic: Terry Gilbert

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Takeley come to east London with Blues looking to go top of the table

Barking matchwinner Steve Willis in action at Stansted (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking matchwinner Steve Willis in action at Stansted (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Mick O’Shea is confident his team will be top of the Essex Senior League tomorrow night when they welcome Takeley to Mayesbrook Park.

Blues went level on points with Haringey Borough at the summit after defeating Stansted 1-0 on Saturday, whilst the north Londoners clash with Tower Hamlets was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Barking captain Ben O'Brien goes close with a diving header at Stansted (pic; Terry Gilbert)Barking captain Ben O'Brien goes close with a diving header at Stansted (pic; Terry Gilbert)

It means it is all square at the top of the table, though Borough lead on goal difference and have two games in hand.

But Barking are focused and confident of being the only team top after their match with Takeley, O’Shea said: “We managed to get the win against Stansted to go level on points with Haringey and get a psychological blow.

“We will try to beat Takeley tomorrow and go top. We will do what we can to go top of the table and put more pressure on them.

“Takeley are a good outfit and they went away to Basildon United last weekend and won 2-0 so we won’t be taking them for granted.

“I hope to put the pressure on Haringey tomorrow and go on to win the league, like I have said since the start of the season.”

A solitary goal from Steve Willis earned all three points at Hargrave Park on Saturday, a victory all the more impressive after the Airportmen had beaten Borough last week.

O’Shea is hoping other teams can take confidence from Stansted’s result against the Coles Park outfit and is hoping Bowers & Pitsea can beat the north Londoners.

He added: “Hopefully Bowers can now do Haringey and take some confidence from those other results. If they could lose a couple more they would be demoralised, where as our team spirit is great.

“On Saturday it was a six-yard scramble for Willis’s goal, not into the top corner and I think we could have won by slightly more.

“We had a lot of possession, but saying that, at the end of the day it is what you do with it. But we had a few chances to score another.”

Barking will hope to take their chances tomorrow evening, but know even a draw will take them top. But O’Shea and his team will be going all out for three points once again to keep up their growing momentum.


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