Two-goal Pyne is on the spot for Barking
PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 12:38 11 August 2010
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE Bowers & Pitsea 0 Barking 2 TWO Lee Pyne penalties helped Barking extend their unbeaten league record to five matches at the expense of Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday. The Blues started strongly, as Danny Hopkins and Matt Knight battled f
ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE
Bowers & Pitsea 0 Barking 2
TWO Lee Pyne penalties helped Barking extend their unbeaten league record to five matches at the expense of Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday.
The Blues started strongly, as Danny Hopkins and Matt Knight battled for every ball to ensure the visitors were not overrun.
The breakthrough for Barking came on 20 minutes with the first of two penalties. A ball into the box found Danny Gillard who was brought down by two Bowers players one either side of him and neither of whom got anywhere near the ball.
Pyne powerfully converted the penalty, sending home custodian Steve Browne the wrong way for 1-0.
Bowers, wounded by Barking taking the lead, responded and a superbly- timed Sam Dennis tackle and a Scott Borthwick clearance off the line, along with a deflected header which was tipped over by goalkeeper Mark Parker, kept Barking ahead.
Bowers's James Abbott had a free header which he put over and a defensive slip let in John, but his potential net busting shot only found the side netting and when a header to the far post found a home player, the ball was blazed over.
Barking came out for the second half looking more purposeful, but Bowers still had their share of the game.
On the hour Barking effectively tied up the three points. Shamraz Darr, attempting to shield the ball in the box, and was wrestled away from it by Bowers's Jamie Cross.
Referee Tom Brooks pointed to the spot and, as previously, Pyne buried the ball into the top right-hand corner, giving Browne even less chance than before.
It was was Pyne's 11th goal for the Blues in 12 games.
After that, the striker began to run the game - displaying awareness, demonstrating good control and creating problems for the opposition when in possession.
Hopkins's astute pass found the in-form front man and his jinking run into the box ended with a shot which Browne saved.
The home side were now a shadow of their first half selves and in the closing stages of the game only had one opportunity of note, when Barking's defence turned off from a throw-in, but the effort was wide of the goal.
Barking: Parker, Leader, Greenwood, Borthwick, Dennis, Knight, Gillard, Hopkins, Armstrong, Pyne (Failaise 93), Darr. Subs: Adejokun, Osman, Wigington, Doyle.
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