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Late Ellul goal seals precious point for 10-man Barkingside

Joe Ellul scored a late winner for Barkingside as they effectively sealed their spot in the Ryman One North for next season. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Joe Ellul scored a late winner for Barkingside as they effectively sealed their spot in the Ryman One North for next season. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
9:25 AM

Ryman One North: Barkingside 2 Chatham Town 2

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Barkingside’s never-say-die attitude was in evidence against last night as the defied the odds to pick up another vital point against Chatham Town in their battle for Ryman One North survival thanks to Joe Ellul’s second half stoppage time leveller.

Side felt they had taken the lead when they had a ninth-minute goal ruled out, and were behind eight minutes later when Matt Solly struck for a Chatham side that had lost just one of their last five games.

Matt Frew’s side were up against it even further when Richard Oxby was dismissed for an off the ball incident around the half hour mark.

But they didn’t let the numerical advantage affect them too much when a fine cross was met by Calvin Poku who volleyed home the equaliser on 39 minutes.

Some fine defending denied the Chats from retaking the lead almost instantly, and it remained that way at the half-time interval, though Barkingside had penalty appeals for handball turned down as the eventful first half drew to a close.

Poku had a chance to put Side in front but from six yards out the striker spurned the opportunity and they were made to pay when their Kent visitors were awarded a penalty.

And despite Chris Clark saving the spot kick, Kieran McCann was able to slot home the rebound to give Chatham the lead once again.

However, the hosts were not going to lie down and when a corner was awarded late on, Ellul popped up when it mattered to head home Matt Gulfer’s pinpoint delivery as Frew’s side made it an impressive 11 points from their last six games.

They currently sit four points off Ware in the final relegation spot, though the Hertfordshire side do have five games in hand. Their most likely challengers appear to be Wroxham, who they hold a two-point lead over, as well as a game in hand.

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