O’Shea up for Clarets clash

PUBLISHED: 12:27 21 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:27 21 October 2014

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

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


Barking host Chelmsford in the Essex Senior Cup

Barking manager Mick O’Shea is looking forward to their Essex Senior Cup clash with Conference South Chelmsford City this evening and expects them to bring a strong squad down.

The Blues will go into the match with great confidence having only been beaten once in their last 11 matches in all competitions.

The Mayesbrook Park outfit are yet to lose in the Essex Senior League this year and their most recent defeat was against Ryman Premier Hendon in the London Senior Cup.

O’Shea has taken positives from that defeat, he said: “Barking have no chance everyone will be saying because it is a Conference South team.

“But we went to Hendon the other week, and it is difficult to get a squad up there for that kick-off, and we nearly got it back to 2-2.

“For us to go two down and get it back to 2-1 and then hit the post a minute later shows the fine margins we have in this game.”

O’Shea watched Chelmsford in their FA Cup replay against Whitehawk recently and admitted he was impressed.

And he is expecting the Clarets to bring a strong squad to Mayesbrook this evening.

“They will be a decent. Christian Smith is a good player and Lee Sawyer got his first goal for the club when I watched them,” said O’Shea.

“Whitehawk went down to ten men but Chelmsford were intelligent enough to stretch the play.

“They haven’t got a reserve squad so it should be a strong squad coming down.”

The match was originally meant to be played at Chelmsford’s Melbourne Stadium, however it has now been changed to Barking’s ground.

O’Shea revealed it was due to the Conference outfits FA Cup tie with Barnet on Saturday, adding: “They are in the FA Cup and it is a televised match so they probably don’t want us kicking lumps out of the pitch, so we reversed the fixture.”

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