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Two-goal Miller can't grind out a Blues win

PUBLISHED: 16:48 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Bowers & Pitsea 3 Barking 2 BARKING surrendered a two-goal lead for the second successive away game as they slumped to their third defeat on the trot, despite Duane Miller netting a double-strike. Bowers goals came very late in the da

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

Bowers & Pitsea 3 Barking 2

BARKING surrendered a two-goal lead for the second successive away game as they slumped to their third defeat on the trot, despite Duane Miller netting a double-strike.

Bowers' goals came very late in the day, in fact their winner was scored in the 94th minute as the referee played eight minutes of added time.

Victor Omobeghin was serving the last game of a two-match ban and Carl Paul, Sam Dennis and Chris Taylor were all injured.

With Steve Slade and Darren Coleman also being unavailable, Darren Bennett returned to the starting line-up as skipper, Miller made his first start since his return to the club and new face Dean Clark made his debut.

Bowers started the busier of the two sides, with Nathan Evans being a thorn in the Blues' side all afternoon and Barking keeper Clark Wells was fairly busy early on. Miller and Jimmy Noakes were finding the muscular Bowers defenders difficult to make a breakthrough against but gradually the Blues began to get a foothold in the game and show some menace in the last third.

A ball over the top found Noakes, shadowed by two defenders, and as the Barking forward attempted to pull the trigger, he was clearly pulled from behind and a penalty was given.

Miller stepped up to coolly slot home the spot-kick and within minutes, he had doubled his own and his side's tally for the afternoon.

Johnny Ofei managed to escape his markers and play a low ball to Craig Greenwood, whose initial effort was blocked but despite being on the floor, he somehow managed to find Miller who swept the ball past Paul Dennis in the Bowers goal.

With a 2-0 lead to take into the second half, things were looking very good for Dave Ross' men but the hosts were determined to make a game of it.

Efforts on goal were exchanged between the two teams, with Daniel Scadden working hard to set up Fabio Jesus who fired wide for the Blues. However it was the hosts who were next on the scoresheet as on 71 minutes, a long ball over the top found Lewis who lobbed Wells to make it 2-1.

Matthew Toms came within a whisker of an instant reply, but his header from a Samson Oke free kick flew just over before Barking suffered two of the cruellest blows, as Bowers turned the game on its head.

With a minute left they tied the game up at 2-2 when Lewis netted from a corner and although Noakes hit the post with a header from a Greenwood cross, Lewis completed his hat-trick in the 94th minute to break Barking hearts.

Barking: Wells, Scadden, Bennett, Toms, Greenwood, Jesus (Brooks 74), Clark (Adejokun 75), Matthews (Oke 67), Miller, Noakes, Ofei. Subs: Mottram, Konadu.

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