Barking beat by leaders; Bari draw blank
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 October 2015
Essex Senior League: Bowers 3 Barking 1
Barking slumped to a third successive defeat against table-topping Bowers at the Len Salmon Stadium.
Following a home loss against Sawbridgeworth and midweek reverse at FC Romania, Blues travelled up the A13 to face their toughest task of the season.
And, after a fairly evening opening, the visitors fell behind when Chris Bryan pounced on a poor back pass from Billy Rix and chipped Jason Willis as he attempted to smother the ball on 18 minutes.
Tom Hine made it 2-0 seven minutes before half time, turning home a cross from Scott Pethers with an acrobatic effort.
But Bowers lost Frank Everett with a serious facial injury after the restart and, as they recovered from the blow, Barking hit back through Wale Odedoyin on 70 minutes.
Odedoyin latched on to Jay Taylor’s long ball and smashed his shot inside Dylan Skinner’s near post to raise hopes of salvaging a point.
But Bryan sealed the points for Bowers with his second goal 11 minutes from time.
Barking: Willis, Ling, Foster, Rix (O’Brien 46), Turner, Barlow (Nelson 90), Odedoyin, Staunton, Taylor, Golby, English (Creed 46). Unused subs: Reynolds, Tarbard.
*London Bari earned a point from a goalless draw at Hullbridge Sports, which saw both sides receive two red cards at Lower Road.
Roy Clarke went close for the home side early on before goalkeeper Harry Aldridge was dismissed on 11 minutes after handling outside his box.
Striker Jimmy Cox took over in goal and saw team-mate Luke Hornsley tripped when through on goal just before the half hour mark, which led to Bari’s manager being sent from the dug out.
Hornsley fired high and wide soon after before Bari wasted a good chance on 38 minutes.
And Hornsley was off-target from Sam Taylor’s pass as the scoreline remained blank at the break.
Hullbridge’s Charlie Little was given his marching orders 10 minutes into the second half, after receiving his second yellow card of the game, but Hornsley could have put them in front as his long-range shot flew just wide.
Bari were reduced to 10 men with 12 minutes left, for a second bookable offence, but missed a great chance to win all three points late on as they extended their unbeaten run to five matches.
They now face a two-week break before host Takeley in the league on October 17.
Bari: Boateng, Adetunji (Pedro 88), Athanaze, Cookey, Decker, Greenslade, Mpalampa, Richardson, Sanchez, Sonupe (Jones 69), Wilcox (Fonseca 80).
*Tower Hamlets have now gone five matches without a win following a 2-1 defeat at Sawbridgeworth in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.
Charlie Cole gave the home side the lead in the first half and, although substitute Miguel Garcia netted midway through the second half for the visitors, Sawbridgeworth booked a quarter-final trip to Takeley or Wadham Lodge.
Clapton welcome Newham to the Old Spotted Dog in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, while Sporting Bengal visit Southend Manor.
Hamlets return to action on Saturday when they host Southend Manor at Mile End Stadium in the league.
Tower Hamlets: Stinca, Abalo (Garcia 51), Sumitharan, Lukondo, Ndao, Springer, Earle (Keita 82), Abayomi (Kelechukwa 60), Ali, Adama Bamba, Ikenwe.