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FA Cup: Maldon 1 Barking 1
Barking pulled off something of an FA Cup upset yesterday by holding Ryman One One side Maldon at the Wallace Binder Stadium.
But Mick O’Shea’s Essex Senior League side came very close to progressing to the next round and were unlucky not to leave with a win after dominating the opening half an hour of this preliminary round tie.
Blues took the lead after just six minutes through Dumebi GB-Dumaka, as he poked home from a Theo Ola cross.
And after claiming an early advantage the visitors enjoyed an extended period of pressure, with Ben Turner twice going close and GB-Dumaka heading against the crossbar.
Maldon eventually grabbed an equaliser, though, through the experienced Ollie Berquez, who headed home in the 35th minute.
And that allowed the home side to impose themselves on the tie more, which became a more even affair.
After a tetchy start to the second half, both teams started pushing forward in search of a winner to prevent the need for a replay.
The game become increasingly stretched, although Barking had keeper Russ Harley to thank, with Maldon the more dominant side.
Harley made several good saves and also had the woodwork to thank as the Ryman League hosts hit the crossbar.
Maldon went close to taking the lead when Joe Gardener’s goalbound effort was blocked by Scott Walsh as the tie moved into the last 10 minutes.
But then Barking had chances of their own to snatch victory, with Jay Abberley curling just over from a corner.
The Blues fashioned themselves another opportunity when Ola won a free-kick on the edge of the area, but Luke Foster could only fire into the wall.
That didn’t stop Barking, though, and they almost pulled off a huge shock with virtually the last kick of the game.
Ola fired at goal, but Maldon’s former Hornchurch keeper Richard Wray parried his shot out.
Ola latched onto the rebound and crossed in towards GB-Dumaka, who leapt high but could only head wide to ensure both sides will have to meet against at Mayesbrook Park on Tuesday.