Barkingside bounce back to beat Eton Manor

AFTER a first-half performance described as ‘11 drunken men on a pitch’, Tony Fenn was pleased with Barkingside’s second half comeback to beat Eton Manor 3-2 in the Essex Senior League.

After going into the second period 2-0 down, Danny Saberoache was the man of the moment as the striker netted a hat-trick to give the Oakside outfit the win.

But more concerning for Fenn was his side’s loose defence, something he will look to work on.

“At least we always look like we are going to score,” he said.

“We do leak a few goals and that’s something we need to be look at.”

The win was on the back of a 4-3 defeat to third-placed Bethnal Green United last Wednesday, with the Barkingside boss ruing two late goals his side conceded.

“I thought we were very unlucky against Bethnal Green but we have to take it on the chin,” said Fenn.

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“It is very disappointing when you look back at it because it was another two late goals which cost us.

“If you look at how many points we have dropped from conceding late on it must be quite high. We’ll have to look at our concentration levels and work on improving it.”

Side take on second-placed Southend Manor at Oakside on Saturday before playing Stansted at home on Monday night.

Fenn firmly believes how they perform in these two matches will give a strong enough indication as to how the rest of the season will pan out.

“Stansted as always will be tough and it should be an even match. Stansted are in the last 16 of the FA Vase and are a side you cannot take lightly,” he said.

“These two matches could go a long way to deciding where our season goes, and if we do well in them we will be primed and ready.”