Tom makes it 10 for Barking
PUBLISHED: 13:21 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:21 27 October 2014
Essex Senior League: Hullbridge 0 Barking 1
Barking extended their unbeaten start to the season to 10 matches with victory at Lower Road.
Tom Jeffes netted the only goal of the game to keep Mick O’Shea’s men in third place with 26 points from a possible 30 to date.
And they can now look forward to a local derby against Ilford at Mayesbrook Park next weekend.
The home side had the first chance of note as Dean Wallace fired wide on 10 minutes.
Play was held up after Hullbridge keeper Bobby Mason received a blow to the face that needed lengthy treatment and Blues began to force their way back into the match after the restart.
A mix-up in the home defence led to a Barking header flying across goal before Hullbridge’s Reece Brandon was shown a straight red card for a foul that was adjudged to have prevented a goalscoring opportunity on the stroke of half time.
Mason’s diving save kept out the free kick and he was alert to deny Barking again within a minute of the restart.
Jeffes broke the deadlock on 51 minutes, though, when heading into the corner of the net and the visitors went close to a second on the hour when a free kick flew just wide.
Hullbridge’s 10 men hit back in the final quarter, with substitute Matt Brinklow causing some problems with his pace.
But in-form Barking held on for the points to keep their superb run going and Blues are set to take on Romford in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Mayesbrook Park on Wednesday.
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