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Ross still confident of cup progress

PUBLISHED: 16:07 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 August 2010

BARKING conceded a gut- wrenching last minute goal in the semi-final, first leg of the Essex Senior League Cup on Saturday, but boss Dave Ross is confident his side can still win the tie. Eton Manor scored with the last kick of the game at Mayesbrook Park, SAYS MATT DINER.

BARKING conceded a gut- wrenching last minute goal in the semi-final, first leg of the Essex Senior League Cup on Saturday, but boss Dave Ross is confident his side can still win the tie.

Eton Manor scored with the last kick of the game at Mayesbrook Park and Ross admits he is disappointed that his team let the opposition score so late.

"It is very frustrating to let in a goal that late in the game, especially when I felt we didn't deserve to lose," he said.

"In fact, I think we could have nicked the win!"

Ross is defiant that his side can still progress but admits they will have to create more chances.

"I told the lads at the moment it is only half-time and we are not out of this yet," he said.

"We never really created enough as I'd like in the game, but we did create some chances, but we just didn't take them."

Despite the away side going down to 10 men the Blues had to contend with horrible windy conditions which Ross felt made the game a level playing field.

"I know they had a player sent off and it looks like we did not take advantage of this, but the wind in the second half was horrendous," he lamented.

"It is strange but, in a way, I feel the wind against us evened the game up." The Blues have a new assistant manager with Bertie Hoyte replacing Russell Spray, who has had to leave due to work commitments. Spray replaced Hoyte when he left to join rivals Clapton, but Ross is delighted to have Hoyte back at the club.

"I'm very happy that Bert is back here," he beamed. "I have worked with him for over eight years and was my choice as assistant."

There are also changes with two former players returning to Mayesbrook Park.

Centre half Alan Lethbridge has joined after leaving earlier in the season for Clapton and striker Aaron Gayle has signed on loan from Redbridge.

"Gayle is tall and very strong," he said. "It is a good signing and he will give us a real physical presence up front."

n FOR a match report and pictures from Barking's Essex Senior League Cup defeat, see inside.

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