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Essex Senior League: Barking planning for next season in Ryman North after winning title

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 April 2017

Joe Staunton puts in a cross for Barking against Burnham Ramblers (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Joe Staunton puts in a cross for Barking against Burnham Ramblers (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues laying foundations for successful campaign a level up

Barking joint player/manager Glen Golby says planning for next season is already well underway after the Blues wrapped up the Essex Senior League title at the.

The Mayesbrook Park club secured promotion to the Ryman North a week earlier, but were crowned following a 5-0 win at Burnham Ramblers.

Next season looks set to be a great challenge for Barking in Ryman North, and Golby knows the foundations must be laid now for Blues to be successful.

“The hard work starts now,” said Golby. “We’ve come across players who’d rather sit on the bench in the Ryman North than play in the Essex Senior League, so hopefully now we’re up it will make it easier to attract players.

“We’ve managed to get over the line, but we’ve probably been coasting in most matches since beating FC Romania back in January.

“We can only beat what’s in front of us, but hopefully now we can start to get the players we want in and kick on to the next level.”

Barking return home this Saturday with the league trophy in tow as they host Sporting Bengal United.

The Mayor for Barking & Dagenham, Eileen Keller, is expected to be in attendance at Mayesbrook Park, with her chosen charity, Richard House, sponsoring the match.

And Golby hopes Barking can live up to the occasion by celebrating their title success in style with a win against Bengal.

“Hopefully it turns out to be a good day for everyone involved with the club and we can repay the fans for their support,” he added.

“It will also be good to repay the Mayor and the council’s support too as they have been good to us this season.

“Hopefully we can get a lot of fans through the gate and some new ones too to celebrate the title.”

Victory in two of Barking’s last three games will see the Mayesbrook Park club bring up a century of points this season.

But Golby says that rather than target three figures, he may use the games to assess his squad.

“Rob O’Brien is desparate for us to get 100 points, but I’ll have a chat with him as well as Steve Willis about what we’ll do over the rest of the season,” he added.

“We might use to final few games as a chance for the youngsters to impress and show us what they are capable of.

“Matty Santos has been good for us all season whe we’ve need him, so the final few games might be the chance for him to show us what he’s about.

“Timi Abiola is also the only outfield player to have featured over 10 times without scoring, so he might be on free-kick and penalty duty until the end of the season!”

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