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Ross blast at moody Blues!

PUBLISHED: 16:48 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 August 2010

CHALLENGE: Barking’s Chris Taylor challenges Clapton’s Craig Leader for the ball.

CHALLENGE: Barking's Chris Taylor challenges Clapton's Craig Leader for the ball.

A HALF-TIME blast from Barking manager Dave Ross gave the Blues the boost they needed as they beat Clapton 3-1 at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday, writes MATT DINER. Sixth-placed Barking struggled early on against the Tons as they fell behind and although Fab

A HALF-TIME blast from Barking manager Dave Ross gave the Blues the boost they needed as they beat Clapton 3-1 at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday, writes MATT DINER.

Sixth-placed Barking struggled early on against the Tons as they fell behind and although Fabio Jesus equalised after half an hour, Ross admitted the first half display was just not acceptable.

"I had a stern talk to them at half-time," he moaned.

"I wasn't happy with the first half performance, I thought it was very disappointing," he said.

His mood at the break was not helped by Clapton's early goal, as although it was controversial, the defending certainly left a lot to be desired.

"I was very, very disappointed with their first goal," lamented Ross.

"I think what it was, is our boys switched off just for that minute and thought the ball went out for a throw in. It did look like it went off to me, but at the end of the day you have to play to the whistle.

"I expected and felt like I wanted to keep a clean sheet, not because it's Clapton. The way I look at it is if you don't let a goal in you can't lose, and hopefully you can nick one or two at the other end."

After a sloppy first period Blues started the second period strongly and produced more opportunities for their front men.

"We did create more after half-time," Ross said.

"We weren't getting the ball in the box we weren't moving off the ball and changed that in the second half. At the end of the day we took our chances well in the second half."

Striker Jimmy Noakes struck twice in the second period to hand Barking the win and although his side did not push as they hard as they could to get more goals, Ross was happy to claim the victory.

"I'm happy with the three points, I'm not delighted with the performance," he said.

"Although it is a thoroughly deserved 3-1win it could have been a lot more really."

n FOR a match report and pictures from Barking's Essex Senior League success against Clapton on Saturday, see inside.

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