Essex Senior League: Barking manager Glen Golby content after coming through difficult Sporting Bengal United test with win

PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 February 2017

Barking's Joe Pearman on the attack against Sporting Bengal (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Joe Pearman on the attack against Sporting Bengal (pic Terry Gilbert)


Blues boss happy to edge closer to title with success over strugglers

Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby was happy his squad came through a difficult match with Essex Senior League strugglers Sporting Bengal United and moved another step closer to the title.

The Blues edged out United 5-3 in an action-packed match at the Mile End Stadium between two sides at opposite ends of the table.

James Peagram hit a brace, while Joe Pearman, Petrit Elbi and Paul Oshin were also on target as Barking racked up a third straight win in the league.

And Golby was pleased it was the Mayesbrook Park club who collected the points, but admits it was harder than we believed it would be.

“It was a lot closer than we thought it was going to be, but we knew what to expect having only played them a couple of weeks ago in the cup,” said the defender.

“We defended badly, which was a shame after doing well at Basildon United on Tuesday (Barking won 3-0).

“We let in three sloppy goals against Sporting Bengal, but the win was the most important thing and we moved three points closer to the title.”

Despite beating Bengal, Golby was full of praise for Barking’s host at the weekend, who he feels should be doing better than they are in the table.

While Barking lead the way, Sporting are currently 19th out of 22 teams in the Essex Senior League.

But Golby believes that is United continue to play like they did against the Blues, they will soon climb the standings.

“When we played them in the cup, we knew Sporting Bengal were quick on the counter-attack and had pace, which proved the same again this time.

“We knew their defence wouldn’t be great, and so it proved, but they caused us problems with their pace.

“I’m sure they’ll pick up points as long as their players all turn up on the day, but their front four was very good and I’m surprised they’re near the bottom.”

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