Ross sets sights on another win
PUBLISHED: 16:47 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 July 2010
After their first victory this year, Barking boss Dave Ross is looking for his side to pick up three points against Mauritius Sports & Pennant this Saturday, writes MATT DINER. The 2-1 victory over rivals Burnham Ramblers last weekend halted a slide of fi
After their first victory this year, Barking boss Dave Ross is looking for his side to pick up three points against Mauritius Sports & Pennant this Saturday, writes MATT DINER.
The 2-1 victory over rivals Burnham Ramblers last weekend halted a slide of five league and cup games without a victory.
Ross believes the victory has done his side the world of good. "It was a big result for us. It was important for both me and the players and has filled us with confidence," he said.
Barking currently sit fourth in the Essex Senior League but are 10 points off a promotion place.
Ross remains level-headed about what they can achieve this season. "We're in a stage of re-building after what happened to us with so many players leaving," he said.
"Being realistic, we're probably too far behind to mount a serious challenge this season but we are not going to give up."
Although unlikely to win promotion, Ross has been impressed by his players so far and how some have settled in quickly. "Liam Stone is a young confident keeper," he said.
"His shot stopping is excellent and we are getting a goalkeeping coach in soon to help him out.
"The return of Bradley (Thomas) is a massive boost. He's only had three games back but has scored a free-kick in every one of those matches. It's great to have a set piece specialist, look at David Beckham and the impact he has on games."
Barking face struggling Mauritius Sports & Pennant this Saturday and although they are at the wrong end of the table, Ross is sure his side won't take the game lightly.
He said: "They have turned a corner lately and will want to keep the winning run going. They have been very good in recent weeks and are a good footballing side. They get the ball down and play good football, so we will have to be wary of them."
Ross admits he won't be making too many changes for the trip but admits his side will be missing a key figure for Saturday's game. "Matt Toms will be out for four to six weeks," he said. "It is a massive blow as not only is he our captain, he is a very good player."
Ross will also be without Darren Bennett, who is still suspended, but apart from that, will have a full squad to choose from.