Barking tame Bengal rivals
PUBLISHED: 21:35 20 February 2016 | UPDATED: 21:35 20 February 2016
Essex Senior League: Barking 4 Sporting Bengal 0
Barking got the better of Sporting Bengal in their east London derby at Mayesbrook Park.
Blues had been frustrated by the wet weather in midweek, when torrential rain forced the abandonment of their fixture against London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog, with them 1-0 down at half time.
But they managed to beat the elements back on home turf, as several other matches in the division fell victim, to bank three more points in their pursuit of leaders FC Romania.
Blues had needed an injury-time goal from Wale Odedoyin to win the earlier meeting between the two sides at Mile End Stadium in October, the last match of former manager Mick O’Shea’s time in charge of first-team affairs.
But they ran out comfortable winners this time, with captain Ben O’Brien among the goalscorers on his 247th appearance for the club, which moved him into ninth place on Barking’s all time list.
James Peagram struck twice, taking his tally for the season to 15, and Lamar Reynolds was on target for the third time since his recent return to the club.
And victory over Anwar Uddin’s mid-table Bengal side lifted Barking above Basildon United into second place, seven points behind table-topping FC Romania having played a game more.
The leaders are due to visit Basildon on Tuesday, while Sporting Bengal are set to travel to Stansted.
Barking are due to return to action next weekend when they welcome Hullbridge Sports to Mayesbrook Park.
Barking: Green, Tarbard, Joe Bricknell, Rix, Taylor, O’Brien, Staunton, S Willis, Peagram, Reynolds, Pearman.
*Tower Hamlets saw their home meeting with Burnham postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Mile End Stadium and London Bari’s clash at Takeley’s Station Road fell victim in similar circumstances.
Meanwhile, Ilford’s trip to Tilbury’s Chadfields to face lowly Newham was also called off, due to an alleged dispute between the east London club and their landlords.
Ilford boss Allan Fenn tweeted: “Farcical! This should have been sorted before today! Some of my lads could have worked. Sort it out.”
Newham had announced the departure of joint manager Kevin Lucas on Friday, with Arif Ahmed joining the club as assistant to Shamrez Darr.
A statement said: “We regret to inform you that Kevin Lucas has decided to leave the club. We thank him for all his hard work this season. We wish him all the best for the future and hope to see him soon.
“Joining the management team as assistant to @shamacle we welcome Arif Ahmed who brings a wealth of experience with him.
“Arif was in the dug out for his first game vs @HullbridgeFC which we won 2-1. A great start! Welcome to the club Alf.”
London Bari have a London Senior Cup tie against Dulwich on Tuesday, while Newham are set to host Clapton in an east London derby on Wednesday and Ilford have a home match scheduled against Hullbridge.