Sawbridgeworth Town 0, Barking 0
PUBLISHED: 15:41 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:03 11 August 2010
BARKING coach Neil Day was delighted with his side s performance on Saturday as they came within inches of upsetting high-flying Sawbridgeworth Town, writes Iain Liddle.
BARKING coach Neil Day was delighted with his side's performance on Saturday as they came within inches of upsetting high-flying Sawbridgeworth Town, writes Iain Liddle.
The Blues went into the game on a two-match unbeaten run and defied the league table by taking the game to their fourth-placed opponents.
It was the visitors who created the better chances throughout the game and they saved the best for last.
A good move, started by Johnny Offei, fell to Ricky Mackin who selflessly played in brother Gary who watched in agony as his despairing effort curled wide of the post by the merest of millimeters.
The performance was a far cry from the disappointing 3-1 loss at Clapton at the end of October and Day believes the team is moving in the right direction.
"That's one goal conceded in last three and our second consecutive clean sheet," he beamed.
"We're showing an obstinate streak that was missing earlier in the season and the bloody mindedness that's needed to succeed.
"We took lessons on board after the Clapton game and, ironically, that could prove the turning point to our season.
"We've had some consistency in availability and team selection as well and that has been a good thing. The players look comfortable with the system. We're not scoring enough goals but at least we're looking more likely too.
"Ricky Mackin was outstanding on Saturday and has a great attitude to every game. His brother Gary is not far behind and was close to a memorable winner."
He added, "Our football is good to watch at the moment with just the killer instinct missing, but hopefully we can add that vital ingredient."
Barking are in action twice in three days this weekend with Saturday's visit of Witham Town followed by a trip to neighbours Barkingside on Monday evening. Kick off is at 7.45pm.
Barking: Clark, Dennis, Walsh, Dickinson, B Turner, G Mackin, Pyne, R Mackin, D Mackin (Offei 75), Stone, Tiffin. Subs not used: Sandiford, Tungate, Matthews, Adejokun.
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