Barking bounce back; Clapton get revenge
PUBLISHED: 08:22 07 February 2016 | UPDATED: 08:22 07 February 2016
Sporting Bengal draw positives; Foxes left fuming
Sawbridgeworth 0 Barking 3
Barking quickly bounced back from their loss to Essex Senior League leaders FC Romania to run away with the points at Crofters End.
Joints bosses Glen Golby and Steve Willis made four changes to their starting line-up, with Aaron Tillbrook replacing Jason Willis in goal, while
Billy Rix, Joe Staunton and Lamar Reynolds also came into the side, in place of Jonathan Docker, Petrit Elbi and Willis himself.
And Blues got their noses in front in the first half as James Peagram netted his 13th goal of the season.
John Bricknell made it 2-0 after the restart, tucking home his fourth of the campaign after a good run and cross from the left by Lamar Reynolds.
And Reynolds added some gloss with his third goal since rejoining the club recently as victory allowed Barking to close the gap on second-placed Basildon to six points, with a game in hand.
Blues are due to visit bottom club Newham on Wednesday and should be confident of claiming the points at Tilbury’s Chadfields ground.
Barking: Tillbrook, Tarbard, Foster, Taylor, Rix, O’Brien, Pearman (Joe Bricknell 58), Staunton, Peagram (Bradbury 70), John Bricknell (Hawkins 66), L Reynolds. Unused subs: B Reynolds, Ling.
Burnham 0 Clapton 2
Clapton gained revenge for a league cup defeat in midweek as they returned to Leslie Field to bag the league points.
Tons had lost 3-2 on Tuesday, but were gifted an own goal and saw Abdeen Abdul also get on the scoresheet to ensure a happier trip back to east London this time.
Clapton were due to visit Bowers in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, but that could be in doubt due to their rivals needing an FA Vase replay against Ipswich Wanderers.
Clapton: Diagne, Bogdan, Waldron, Moore, Abdul, Ocran, Cook, Joseph, Oshin, Aylett, Lemba. Subs: Briggs, Gomez, Ryan.
Basildon 0 Sporting Bengal 0
Sporting Bengal’s draw specialists saw their winless run extend to nine matches with a hard-fought point against the high-flying Bees.
Eden Nelson had the home side’s best chance in the first half, but was off-target, and Mike Finneran was called upon to make a save at the other end.
Basildon went closer in the second half as Paul Shave’s header hit a post from a corner and Brad Warner put another effort wide.
But Sporting held on for a share of the spoils for the 12th time in 27 outings and head to Stansted for a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy tie on Tuesday.
Boss Anwar Uddin tweeted: “Lots of positives and signs of maturity from today’s @SportingBengal 0-0 away performance, good luck to title chasing @BasildonUTD.”
Sporting: Lockyer, Williams, Ngulube, Kabie, Adeyemi, Meikle, Mohamed, Borozan, Adewunmi, Singh, Teladjati. Subs: Roberts, Hussain, Mashod, Noubissie, Rivera.
FC Romania 2 Ilford 1
Ilford were left fuming after falling to defeat against the leaders at Theobalds Lane.
The home side took the lead on 35 minutes, but Allan Fenn’s Foxes replied just before the break to get back on terms.
But Ilford were reduced to 10 men after the restart and Romania made their extra man count almost immediately to regain the lead and held on for the points.
Ilford are due to visit Basildon in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on Tuesday, having won 3-0 on their recent league trip.
Newham 0 Takeley 2
Newham remain at the foot of the table after another loss at Tilbury’s Chadfields ground.
Takeley netted a goal in each half to claim the points, while the home side ended the match with 10 men as their frustrations got the better of them.
Newham are due to host high-flying Barking on Wednesday.