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Slade's on song but moody Blues beaten

PUBLISHED: 16:06 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 02 July 2010

GOAL . . . Steve Slade puts Barking 1-0 up at Eton Manor on Saturday, but the Blues ended up losing 4-2.        Photo: Terry Gilbert

GOAL . . . Steve Slade puts Barking 1-0 up at Eton Manor on Saturday, but the Blues ended up losing 4-2. Photo: Terry Gilbert

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Eton Manor 4 Barking 2 BARKING surrendered a two-goal lead before eventually succumbing to Eton Manor after conceding two own goals and two more in as many minutes to end the game as a contest. Steve Slade made a welcome return to Bar

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Eton Manor 4 Barking 2

BARKING surrendered a two-goal lead before eventually succumbing to Eton Manor after conceding two own goals and two more in as many minutes to end the game as a contest.

Steve Slade made a welcome return to Barking colours and it was the former Spurs and QPR striker who netted twice to give the Blues what seemed like an unassailable lead.

Barking went ahead on 10 minutes when Fabio Jesus' superb, defence-splitting pass found Slade onside and he did the rest, expertly sliding the ball home for his first ever Barking goal.

Ten minutes later it was nearly 2-0 when Johnny Ofei's powerful run down the wing saw him cross for Chris Taylor, whose first time shot rattled the bar with former Blues keeper Andy Hall grasping at thin air.

However, on 23 minutes Barking had their second when Matthew Toms fed Slade who coolly rounded Hall and slotted into the empty net.

Following a series of corners, Manor reduced the arrears when a low flag kick struck Carl Paul and ended up rolling home to make it 2-1 to Barking.

With Barking still digesting their half time team-talk they were caught flat-footed on 49 minutes when Toms had the misfortune of heading past his keeper Clark Wells for the equaliser.

The visitors' best moment of the second half came on 67 when Jesus, went on another fine run before slipping a pass to Victor Omobeghin who stumbled at the vital moment.

With 72 minutes gone the home side nudged in front when Wells made a good save, but the ball went straight back to Bradley Brotherton who fired home off the post.

Before they could properly re-organise, Barking found themselves further behind when McLean slotted the ball past Wells to effectively seal the win for Manor.

Despite a flurry of late substitutions by Dave Ross, the most Barking gained were a few corners which were not penetrating enough to create any opportunities to get back into the match.

After last week's impressive cup win over Sawbridgeworth, this was a hard lesson for the Blues but hopefully one that will be taken on board quickly as they make the short trip to Oakside to take on in-form Barkingside this Saturday.

Barking: Wells, Dennis, Paul, Toms, Nelson (Mottram 83), Jesus (Greenwood 81), Omobeghin, Oke (Adejokun 83), Taylor, Slade, Ofei. Subs: Coleman, Scadden.

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