Barkingside end Barking’s perfect start
PUBLISHED: 07:00 15 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:45 15 August 2016
Tower Hamlets open account; Redbridge make point
Essex Senior League
Barkingside 1 Barking 0
Barkingside made it back-to-back wins while inflicting a first defeat of the season on Barking at Cricklefield Stadium.
Gursel Gulfer’s men went into the match on the back of a 4-0 win over Tower Hamlets in midweek, while Barking had beaten Mayesbrook Park tenants and Essex Senior League new boys West Essex for their third straight triumph of the new campaign.
And the home side got their noses in front after only eight minutes as Tyrone Scarlett found the net, before the visitors were reduced to 10 men when joint player-manager Steve Willis was shown a red card.
Barking had chances to get back on level terms, with John Bricknell seeing one effort ruled out and Jack Francis making some excellent saves in the home goal, while also seeing the visitors hit his crossbar.
But Barkingside, relegated from Ryman North last season, made the most of their numerical superiority to hold on to their early lead and claim the points and will welcome neighbours Redbridge to Cricklefield for another derby date on Monday.
Meanwhile, Barking travel to Enfield on Tuesday and will then turn their attentions to the FA Cup preliminary round tie against Stanway Rovers on August 20.
Barkingside: Francis, Ademiluyi, Wright, Amoako, Edwards, Fontaine, Hickford (Konway 66), Lutaaya, Scarlett (Vungbo 58), Smith. Unused subs: Blake, Lucas, MacPherson.
Barking: Green, Tarbard, Ling, Higgs, S Willis, O’Brien, Burgess, Oshin (Wackers-Kyriacou 75), Elbi, Bricknell (Omogiate 70), Pearman (Peagram 36).
Unused subs: Abiola, Sendall.
Wadham Lodge 0 Tower Hamlets 1
It was a case of third time lucky for Tower Hamlets as they claimed their first points of the new season.
Beaten by Clapton and Barkingside in their opening two fixtures, Ade Abayomi’s men came out on top thanks to Anthony Ikenwe’s first-half tap-in.
Ikenwe scored eight minutes before the break and Hamlets then saw the home side reduced to 10 men in the second half when their keeper was sent off for handling outside the box.
The visitors could not make the free-kick count, but one goal proved enough for them to open their account.
Tower Hamlets: Jesus, Earle, Cedras, Da Silva, Oreniake, Sheymz, Rowe, Da Silva, Teberen, Bamba, Ikenwe. Subs: Abayomi, Ibrahim, Rui Pina, Pedro, Akinlabi.
West Essex 2 Redbridge 2
Redbridge ended a run of three successive defeats with a hard-fought point at Mayesbrook Park.
Beaten by Barking and Takeley, either side of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Waltham Forest, Motormen took the lead with only six minutes gone when Lee Weemes made no mistake from six yards.
The home side rallied with a spell of pressure, but needed a fingertip save from Coker to stop Redbridge from doubling their lead.
And they drew level before the break when Josh French sent a looping header in off the post.
Coker saved well again after the restart, but Motormen regained the lead when a free-kick was not properly cleared and centre-back x headed home.
They could not hold on, though, and West Essex levelled for a second time when substitute Daniel Christey headed in a free-kick from Joe Lefley.
Redbridge return to action on Monday with a short trip to face neighbours Barkingside at Cricklefield Stadium.
London Bari 0 Enfield 1
One goal proved enough to send London Bari to defeat at the Old Spotted Dog ground.
Knocked out of the FA Cup by neighbours Clapton a week earlier, following a 3-1 defeat, manager Chris Davis saw his men succumb to a 30th-minute goal from Collins this time.
And they will now look to open their account when they take on Clapton once again on Tuesday.