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Ross: Promotion hopes are over

PUBLISHED: 16:15 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:35 11 August 2010

GOALDEN WONDER . . . Aaron Gayle, signed on loan from Redbridge, is pictured on the ball and is watched by team-mate Sam Dennis.

GOALDEN WONDER . . . Aaron Gayle, signed on loan from Redbridge, is pictured on the ball and is watched by team-mate Sam Dennis.

Barking manager Dave Ross admits his side have little chance of promotion following Saturday s disappointing draw at Hullbridge, writes MATT DINER. Barking registered a morale-boosting draw against Barkingside last Monday and although they dominated for l

Barking manager Dave Ross admits his side have little chance of promotion following Saturday's disappointing draw at Hullbridge, writes MATT DINER.

Barking registered a morale-boosting draw against Barkingside last Monday and although they dominated for long spells on Saturday, could not finish their opponents off, despite taking an early lead.

"I'm definitely not happy with a point," said Ross. "The first half we played okay, but I'm very disappointed with the second half performance, it's definitely a case of two points dropped and now we can't win the league, it's the end of our promotion chances. It feels like a loss."

Against a strong wind, Barking continued to press after Aaron Gayle's 12th minute opener and Ross added: "We could have made the game safe by the break.

"We had plenty of the ball and we even had chances in the second period and James Hughes was unlucky with an effort that hit the bar."

Although they seemed untroubled for most of the encounter the Blues conceded 12 minutes before time. "I wasn't happy with the goal, it was a bit sloppy," said Ross.

"I felt we needed to take all three points but we didn't, it tells you a lot when they seemed very happy with a point. If we played Hullbridge in decent conditions I am sure we would have won."

n Barking face third-placed Concord Rovers on Saturday and Ross knows it will be tough.

"It's definitely going to be a hard game and we will need to dig in," he said.

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