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Essex Senior League: London Bari’s big win at Tower Hamlets was overdue says boss Chris Davis

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 April 2017

A London Bari player looks to fire past the Tower Hamlets goalkeeper (pic: Tim Edwards).

A London Bari player looks to fire past the Tower Hamlets goalkeeper (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Old Spotted Dog-based club played first match in three weeks and smashed six past their struggling local rivals

A Tower Hamlets player drag flicks the ball back against London Bari at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).A Tower Hamlets player drag flicks the ball back against London Bari at Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

Chris Davis admitted London Bari’s 6-1 victory over Tower Hamlets in the Essex Senior League last weekend had been a long time coming.

The Old Spotted Dog-based club were playing their first match for three weeks and looked to end a run a run of three games without a win.

Despite Bari not playing since March 18, they didn’t show any signs of rustiness at the Mile End Stadium, as they triumphed emphatically.

“Saturday’s win had been a long time coming and we had been playing well in the middle before the break,” said Davis.

A London Bari player and Tower Hamlets player compete for the ball at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).A London Bari player and Tower Hamlets player compete for the ball at the Mile End Stadium (pic: Tim Edwards).

“The two games against Hullbridge Sports (1-1) and Barking (2-1 defeat) had been okay and it all came together for us against Tower Hamlets.

“It was a good win and against a good team because it was only 1-0 at half time, so they made it really difficult for us.

“But I was pleased we managed to score a lot of goals and we got what I felt was a deserved victory in the end.”

Joel Appiah opened the scoring after quarter of an hour, but neither side could find the net before the break.

A Tower Hamlets player gets stuck in against a London Bari opponent (pic: Tim Edwards).A Tower Hamlets player gets stuck in against a London Bari opponent (pic: Tim Edwards).

Bari went goal crazy after the interval with Appiah completing his brace and Hassan Nalbant netting a double.

Stephen Botchey and Prince Yeboah also got on the scoresheet, as Davis saw his team claim a first victory since March 2.

After such a lengthy period without a game, Bari are now full of confidence despite the season drawing to a close.

Davis added: “We worked as hard as we could during the three weeks off because we wanted to stay sharp.

“The first Saturday we took off, but the last two we arranged games against a couple of local clubs to keep our fitness up.

“We wanted to make sure the boys kept ticking over and we didn’t lose focus because we had matches left.

“All of the teams around us in the table were winning, so it was so important we got all three points on Saturday.”

Nalbant’s brace made it six goals in his last six games for Bari and the striker is bang in form at the moment.

After coming into the side at the start of December, the forward has impressively kicked on in recent months.

“Hassan was training consistently at the end of last season and came back with us for the summer,” said Davis.

“He was scoring a lot of goals in the friendly fixtures and we expected him to score plenty this season, but he then went away.

“Luckily for us he came back around December time, although he was carrying a bit of an injury by this point, so wasn’t fit.

“Fortunately he is over that now and really in form at the moment, and he has done well for us over the last couple of months.”

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