Barking get better of Sporting Bengal
PUBLISHED: 09:08 19 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:39 19 February 2017
Sporting Bengal 3 Barking 5
Barking moved eight points clear of Clapton at the top of the Essex Senior League table with success over an improving Sporting Bengal side at Mile End Stadium.
Blues had won 1-0 when the two sides met in the league cup in December and earned a 3-0 win over Imrul Gazi’s men in a Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy tie last month, but joint boss Glen Golby expected a tough test in east London.
And the leaders certainly got that as Sporting made them work for the points in an eight-goal thriller.
Codey Cameron netted his sixth goal in five games for the hosts, with an angled drive across Rob Hatton, and new recruit Steve Carvell made it two goals in two games, while young Oscar Almeida Mendes was also on target once again.
But the prolific James Peagram scored twice in reply for Barking, taking his tally for the season to 41 and his career haul to 68, which leaves him on the brink of the club’s all-time top 10 scoring list.
Petrit Elbi netted his 17th hoal of the campaign, while Joe Pearman claimed his 14th and Paul Oshin was also on target as free-scoring Barking brought up their 100th goal in 31 league fixtures this season.
But Barking now face a 10-day break before they return to Mayesbrook Park on Tuesday February 28 to host fourth-placed FC Romania, who ran out 3-0 winners over London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog.
Jon Fowell’s Clapton, having not played since their 1-0 win over Waltham Forest on February 4, are due to return to action after a 20-day break with a Friday night fixture at Barkingside at Cricklefield Stadium, where admission is £5 to all and children get free entry.
Sporting Bengal take on Haringey & Waltham at the Terence McMillan Stadium on Tuesday, before they welcome FC Romania to Mile End Stadium on Saturday, February 25, when neighbours Tower Hamlets visit Waltham Forest in their next outing.
Sporting: Adjei, Cameron, Carvell, Da Silva, Kobia, Mendes, Murray-Bruce, Noor, Siddik, Vaughan, Wright. Subs: Alexander, Samad, Ahmed.
Barking: Hatton, Tarbard, Rix, Willis, Ling, Burgess, Higgs, O’Brien, Peagram, Pearman, Elbi.
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