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Spot-on Turner sinks Tons

PUBLISHED: 09:19 01 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:19 01 February 2015

Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Clapton keeper Pepe Diagne collects the ball during the defeat to Barking at Mayesbrook Park on January 31 (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Essex Senior League: Barking 1 Clapton 0

Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking's James Barlow on the attack against Clapton (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Ben Turner’s penalty proved enough for Barking to see off Clapton and extend their winning streak to four matches.

Turner fired home after only 15 minutes for his third goal of the season and 31st of his Barking career.

A crowd of 160 – buoyed by Clapton’a vociferous following – witnessed a hard-fought east London derby at Mayesbrook Park.

But Tons could not find a way back and saw their three-match unbeaten run come to an end, although they remained in fifth place.

Ben Turner's penalty beats Clapton keeper Pape Diagne to earn Barking victory (pic: Terry Gilbert)Ben Turner's penalty beats Clapton keeper Pape Diagne to earn Barking victory (pic: Terry Gilbert)

They return to action next Saturday with a trip to Stansted.

Victory made it 19 points out of a possible 21 for Mick O’Shea’s side, who remain on the heels of runaway leaders Haringey Borough, who visit Mayesbrook Park on Tuesday.

Blues closed to within six points of the table toppers, who were without a match, but have played one game more ahead of their midweek showdown.

Barking: Baker, Ling, Turner, Golby, Taylor, O’Brien, Mtyanda (Owusu 82), Willis, Odedoyun, Foster (Creed 66), Barlow. Unused subs: Liddiard, Killingback.

Barking matchwinner Ben Turner (pic: Terry Gilbert)Barking matchwinner Ben Turner (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Clapton: Diagne, Stevens, Kanjor, Mfula, Mbeleck, Ocran, Gomez (Abdul), Mott, Barnwell (Spencer), Nyanja, Martelli (Aggio). Unused subs: Bonito, Ezeorji.

*Tower Hamlets slipped to a 1-0 home defeat against Enfield at Mile End Stadium, having crashed to a 6-0 reverse against Stansted in midweek.

But Newham‘s clash with Ilford, due to be played at Tilbury’s Chadfields ground, was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and London Bari were also left to rue the weather as the Old Spotted Dog pitch failed an inspection to ruin their hopes of hosting Hullbridge.

Sporting Bengal saw their trip to Southend Manor suffer a similar fate on another frustrating afternoon.

Tower Hamlets are due to welcome Waltham Forest on Wednesday, while London Bari visit Eton Manor in the league cup.


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