Barkingside battle back for vital win over Soham Town Rangers

PUBLISHED: 14:51 08 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 09 February 2015

Calvin Poku netted the winner in Barkingside's 2-1 home win over Soham Town Rangers yesterday. Pic: Alexander Mandelstam.

Calvin Poku netted the winner in Barkingside's 2-1 home win over Soham Town Rangers yesterday. Pic: Alexander Mandelstam.


Ryman North: Barkingside 2 Soham Town Rangers 1

Barkingside overturned a half-time deficit to register a vital win over Soham Town Rangers at Cricklefield in their bid for Ryman North survival.

Matt Frew’s side started both halves brightly, but trailed at the break when Dan Brown netted midway through the first half for the visitors.

However, a positive opening in the second period saw Joe Bricknell’s corner find a way past visiting goalkeeper Tom Warren.

And they sealed all three points when Calvin Poku struck from just outside the box to sale all three points and a confidence booster ahead of tomorrow’s home game with Heybridge Swifts.

Frew was forced into a late change to the starting line-up when Tom Davie pulled out injured and Jake Giddings, a signing in the week from Waltham Abbey, came in for his debut.

The hosts started brightly on what was to prove to be a difficult pitch when Bricknell’s free-kick was deflected behind from a corner, and then Poku saw a goalbound header blocked from a second successive corner.

The visitors weathered the early storm and were superbly denied up the other end by home goalkeeper Tim Pitman as he came out superbly to block and deny Luke Stanley a goal after going through on goal.

Soham started to mount some pressure and turned that into a goal when Brown was giving too much space on the edge of the area to slot shoot low past Pitman.

Ryan Sharman’s effort was scrambled clear by the hosts

Barkingside kept the deficit to just one, and should have levelled just after the half hour mark when some great play between Riggers Kabashi, Poku and Greg Akpele saw Poku flick the ball on for Akpele, who rather than take it first time took a touch and scuffed his shot wide.

Akpele saw another shot blocked, before Poku headed just wide from Danny Hayes’ long ball over the top.

Barkingside would end the half behind, but they would produce a great showing in the second period.

Again they started the half well and a goalmouth scramble saw Kabashi’s shot gathered on 47 minutes.

However, they had just two minutes to wait when Bricknell’s delivery wasn’t dealt with by Soham and went straight in.

Warren was equal to a turn and shot from Poku as the hosts turned the screw, and they went in front on the hour mark.

Akpele did well to hold up a long ball and played the ball into the path of Poku who shot low into the bottom corner.

Lewis Francis had a great chance to double their advantage when through on goal, but saw his effort blocked by Warren.

Chances were always going to come for Soham and Matt Simpson’s teasing cross found its way to Brown at the back post but his goalbound effort was superbly blocked by Bricknell.

As time ticked away Giddings almost crowned a fine debut with a goal after a mazy run off the left wing saw the midfielder create space in the box but his effort was deflected behind for a corner.

The visitors mounted late pressure to force an equaliser, but Barkingside kept them at bay, and picked up a vital win ahead of tomorrow’s home match with Heybridge Swifts.

Barkingside: Pitman, Hayes, Bricknell, Cossington, Akpaka, Ellul, Akpele (Fontaine 77), Giddings, Kabashi (Clarke 75), Poku (Taylor 80), Francis.

Unused substitute: Waldron.

Soham Town Rangers: Warren, Luque, Asensi, Sharman, Gent, Torres, Simpson, Davis (Maskell 69), Plummer, Stanley, Brown.

Unused substitutes: Monk, Ofori-Gyasi, Goddard, Hart.

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