Bad day for Barkingside, Redbridge
PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 January 2016
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Ryman North: Barkingside 0 Tilbury 3
Numerous errors cost Barkingside dearly against high-flying Tilbury at Cricklefield Stadium.
Both sides were in search of points for very different reasons, but the majority of the early chances fell to Tilbury, setting the tone for the match.
The unmarked Kurt Smith found the ball at his feet in the box on 17 minutes from Ross Elsom’s free-kick and had enough time to easily slot the ball past Darren Behcet.
After the opening goal, the game slowed down and the ball was being played mostly in the centre of the pitch so neither keeper was really called into action.
Then, just as the first half was coming to an end, Barkingside defender Dapo Abitogun seemed to control the ball into the path of an oncoming Tilbury striker, who tried to place it around Behcet from just inside the box, but missed narrowly.
Side started the second half with much more urgency, looking stronger in defence and suggesting they might be able to draw level.
A Tilbury corner was kept out by the body of defender Marvin Birch right on the line, before a counter-attack eventually led to another near miss from the home side as Andy Greenslade saw his long-range effort go over.
But another bad mistake midway through the half, this time by Jonathan Adebayo who missed the chance to clear the ball, allowed Dockers substitute Tony Martin to lob Behcet from 15 yards moments after coming on.
Martin won the ball in the air 10 minutes later and held it up well before threading a through ball to fellow sub Emiel Aiken, who made a run straight through the centre of the Barkingside defence and finished calmly beyond Behcet.
Defeat leaves Barkingside just one point ahead of bottom-placed neighbours Redbridge, who have a game in hand, and they next travel to mid-table Maldon & Tiptree, having thrown away a two-goal lead against the Jammers in their previous meeting this season.
Redbridge 0 Sudbury 4
Redbridge slipped to the bottom of the Ryman North table as Craig Parker’s hat-trick inspired table-topping Sudbury to the points at Oakside.
Barely three minutes had been played when George Clarke was held in the area and Parker opened his account from the penalty spot.
Sam Clarke fired wide for the visitors, before Redbridge’s Jay Knight had a shot saved by Marcus Garnham from Harry Prinnce’s through ball.
Timi Dorgu cleared another Parker effort off the line, before Luke Callander doubled the advantage on the 20-minute mark.
Sam Sargent made two saves from George Clarke, but Parker claimed his second goal six minutes before the interval with a header and Callander missed a great chance for a fourth just before the interval as he blazed over.
Callander was wide of the mark after the restart, while Knight released Prince at the other end to force a save from Garnham.
Sargent thwarted Joe Maybanks and produced a superb double save before bringing down George Clarke to hand Sudbury their second penalty of the afternoon, which Parker converted to complete his treble.
Parker was denied a fourth by a good Sargent save, before Motormen saw substitute Paulius Ditkevicius blast a shot high over the bar.
The hosts had the chance of a late consolation, when Reside Coxi Sebastfao was fouled in the box, but Knight saw his penalty saved by Garnham and Waltham Abbey’s shock win over second-placed Cray sent them to the foot of the table.
Redbridge will now turn their attentions to the London Senior Cup quarter-final tie at Wingate on Tuesday.
Redbridge: Sargent, Cornelius, Parish, Dorgu, Good, Kabashi, Prince (Gent 78), Sackey (Ditkevicius 69), Adeboxejo (Drake 81), Knight, Coxi Sebastfao. Unused subs: Belindir, Chafer.
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