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Barkingside bag point; Cleaver cuts down Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 January 2016

Gursel Gulfer, manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Gursel Gulfer, manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Ryman North: Wroxham 1 Barkingside 1

Barkingside made the long trip back from Norfolk with something to show for their efforts against the Yachtsmen.

Gursel Gulfer’s men had not played for two weeks and they almost fell behind when Dapo Abitogun headed against his own post when defending a Wroxham free-kick.

Nathan Stone then created a chance for himself for the hosts, but saw his shot deflected behind, and another effort hit Seamus Kelleher before finding the grateful arms of Darren Behcet.

Wroxham, without a win in 13 games, went close when Jamie Forshaw’s cross picked out Stone for an excellent volley, but Behcet produced a superb save to keep the scoreline blank.

And Barkingside almost snatched the lead before the break when a shot was deflected behind following a scramble in the box.

The visitors had the first chance of note in the second half, but Matt Gulfer fired over the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken on 68 minutes, though, as Michael Ademiliu beat Elliot Pride to put Barkingside ahead.

Their joy was shortlived, however, as Stone got the Yachtsmen back on level terms six minutes later as honours finished even.

Barkingside have now gone 12 matches without a win and will hope it’s a case of 13th time lucky when they welcome Waltham Abbey to Cricklefield Stadium on Monday.

Barkingside: Behcet, Adebayo, Mustapha, Birch, Abitogun (Amoaro 75), Greenslade, Nzengo, Gulfer, Whyte (Nicholson 65), Lataaya, Ademiliu. Unused subs: Ididapo, Nishizawa.

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Great Wakering Rovers 1 Redbridge 0

Jacob Cleaver’s goal proved enough to down his former club at Burroughs Park.

The much-travelled striker, who scored some vital goals for Motormen to help them avoid relegation from Ryman North in 2012/13, struck the only goal of the game on 16 minutes.

And a fourth successive defeat leaves Redbridge second-bottom, still two points adrift of safety and Heybridge – who lost 2-0 at Romford – ahead of their meeting with leaders Sudbury at Oakside next weekend.

Motormen now turn their attention to the London Senior Cup as they are set to welcome Essex Senior League side Clapton, 2-0 winners over Wadham Lodge this weekend, on Tuesday.

Redbridge: Sargent, Cornelius, Parish, Dorgu, Good, Sackey (Smith 82), Gent (Drake 78), Kabashi, Adeboxejo, Prince, Coxi Sebastfao. Unused subs: Portway, Chafer, Akande.


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