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Barkingside well beaten by Burnham

Barkingside manager Matt Frew has grounds for concern (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS) Barkingside manager Matt Frew has grounds for concern (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS)

Sunday, February 16, 2014
9:00 AM

Ryman Div 1N: Burnham 5 Barkingside 0

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Struggling Barkingside slumped to their ninth successive defeat against their old Essex Senior League rivals yesterday.

Ramblers had won the title ahead of Matt Frew’s men last season and have adjusted slightly better to life at the higher level in Ryman One North.

But for almost an hour there was nothing between the two sides at Leslie Field, where the pitch was fit for play despite the recent heavy rain that has left most of Essex swamped.

Side have played just four times in 2014, seeing eight other fixtures postponed since the turn of the year.

But they held out until the 57th minute, when Bradley Nobbs broke the deadlock for the home side.

Nobbs doubled Burnham’s lead 11 minutes later and Terry Griffiths added a third for the hosts with 11 minutes left.

Billy Hunt made it 4-0 just two minutes later and Barkingside’s miserable day was completed a minute from time when Dan Williams grabbed a fifth for the hosts.

Frew’s men remain four points above the relegation zone and Erith & Belvedere, who were beaten 4-0 at home by Sudbury, having been thumped 10-1 by Thurrock on Thursday night.

But Side must wait until next weekend for their next action at Maldon, with Monday’s scheduled home meeting against Chatham postponed due to the Kent club’s involvement in the league cup, where they host Grays in a quarter-final tie.

Barkingside: Clark, Scott (Francis 85), Mackin, Ellis, Crossley, Hayes, Rolls (Edmunds 74), Carvell, Liddiard, Gulfer, Poku (Onireti 74).

Subs: Fontaine, Pitman.

*Redbridge saw their home match against Harlow fall victim to a still waterlogged Oakside pitch.

Motormen are due to host Waltham Forest on Tuesday and will hope for some dry weather to allow their surface to recover from the recent deluge.

Ilford’s trip to table-topping Tower Hamlets was also a victim of the ongoing wet weather, as the entire Essex Senior League campaign was washed out once again.

The Foxes are set to visit Takeley on Tuesday.

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