Barking get better of Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 08:13 05 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 05 March 2017
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Barking bounced back from a rare defeat to take another step towards the Essex Senior League title with victory over lowly Tower Hamlets at Mayesbrook Park.
Coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to FC Romania in midweek, alues put out a strong side with academy prospect Max Watters included in the starting line-up despite making his England Schoolboys’ debut in Scotland the night before.
Barking looked comfortable in possession very early on, moving the ball around well in midfield and passing out of defence.
And the first goal of the afternoon came on 12 minutes when a 25-yard floated free-kick from top goalscorer James Peagram evaded everybody in the box and curled into the bottom corner of the net for his 42nd of the season.
The hosts continued to control the majority of the possession and began to look very settled after their first goal, with Omari Delgado glancing a shot just wide of the post.
And they doubled their lead five minutes before the break as Delgado produced a composed left-footed finish across the keeper into the bottom corner, after a solid run and slotted pass from Watters, to claim his 20th goal of the campaign.
Tower Hamlets kept a very good shape and continuously made the most of the few opportunities they had, pulling a goal back 10 minutes after the break.
A short corner was played to the edge of the 18-yard box and met brilliantly by Rahim Adama Bamba who made a perfectly timed run to slot the ball into the far corner of Rob Hatton’s net to halve the deficit.
Barking ran into more trouble after the goal as Tower Hamlets grew in confidence, launching increased attacks from the right side.
But the visitors could not sustain that pressure as Blues sent on fresh legs in Matheus Santos, who was a constant threat, Paul Oshin and player-manager Glen Golby.
The substitutes took advantag of a tiring Tower Hamlets defence and when a long goal kick from Hatton was flicked on by Golby to Peagram in the box, the visiting keeper was forced to push his shot over the bar.
The resulting corner picked out Oshin, and he cushioned the ball into the bottom corner for Barking’s third to keep them five points clear of Clapton at the top of the table, with two matches in hand.
Golby said: “I was impressed with Tower Hamlets and they caused a lot more problems than expected.
“I wasn’t overwhelmed with the performance from some of the boys, but the main focus was the three points as they mean more to me than performances at this stage in the season.
“It’s clear we have our sights set on promotion and victory was a clear statement of our intentions.”
Barking return to action with a trip to London Bari next weekend, when Hamlets are set to welcome Basildon United to Mile End Stadium.
Barking: Hatton, Ling, Wackers-Kyriacou, Willis, Rix (Oshin 67), Burgess, Watters (Santos 69), O’Brien, Peagram, Delgado (Golby 77), Staunton. Unused sub: Reynolds.