Super Small plays a big part in revival
PUBLISHED: 10:35 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 12:35 11 August 2010
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Barking 2 Southend Manor 2 AN impressive second half performance from Barking negated their poor opening period as they snatched a draw on Saturday. Early on, Mark Parker made a good save from a header and Shamraz Darr cleared off the
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
Barking 2 Southend Manor 2
AN impressive second half performance from Barking negated their poor opening period as they snatched a draw on Saturday.
Early on, Mark Parker made a good save from a header and Shamraz Darr cleared off the line.
After 23 minutes, Southend Manor opened the scoring as Bradley Wiggington's ill-timed challenge left referee Mr Kelly with no alternative but to point to the spot.
Although Parker guessed correctly, he was beaten by the sheer power of Chris Baddeley's penalty.
After half an hour it was 2-0, as a free- kick by Neil Benson beat friend and foe alike for the visitors' second.
At the start of the second period Steve Munday acted - he replaced Richard Whiteman and Wiggington with Jared Small and Sam Dennis.
Both changes paid dividends. Small was prominent with his effort and enthusiasm and tried his best to out-muscle bigger and older opponents.
It was the diminutive forward who was the catalyst for the fight-back, winning a corner from a lost cause on 53 minutes and Joe Tungate's flag kick was powerfully met by the head of defender Dennis for his sixth of the season. It meant that visiting custodian Adam Seal's first action was picking the ball out of the net, as up to then he had not really made a save of note.
Barking pressed on and again Small was in the thick of it. His low shot was gathered by Seal and a Mark Doyle corner was met by the head of the young striker, but his effort was too high.
Lee Pyne and Dennis tried their luck from long range. But neither were on target.
Heading into the last 10 minutes, Barking struck the equaliser when substitute Danny Hopkins, apparently down a cul-de-sac near the corner flag, managed to smuggle the ball back to Matt Knight this first time cross fell invitingly in the area for the unmarked Small, who steadied himself and fired home his fourth goal of the season.
The home side then came under pressure from Manor, annoyed they had let a two goal slip lead, but with Scott Borthwick, Dennis and Craig Greenwood standing firm, Parker was not unduly troubled.
With 90 minutes gone, Barking came close to snatching an unlikely three points when Darr's cross-cum-shot was just tipped over the bar by Seal.
Barking: Parker, Falaise, Greenwood, Borthwick, Wigington (Dennis 46), Tungate, Doyle, Knight, Whiteman (Small 46), Pyne (Hopkins 71), Darr. Subs: Gillard, Leader.
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