Barkingside blow two-goal lead
PUBLISHED: 19:20 10 October 2015 | UPDATED: 19:20 10 October 2015
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Ryman North: Barkingside 2 Maldon 2
Barkingside celebrated Non League Day at Cricklefields by encouraging locals to come down and support their local side with refreshment prices halved and admission prices set as ‘Pay What You Want’.
And they looked set to celebrate a much-needed win until letting a two-goal lead slip in less than two minutes to a very undeserving Maldon side.
Barkingside took the lead on 25 minutes when Michael Spencer picked up the ball in the middle of the pitch and hit a right-footed effort from just outside the box into the bottom left hand corner.
The goal came as a shock to both teams as the game had started slowly. but Side showed some new found confidence after the goal and were easily able to hold onto their advantage until half time.
There was some murmurings during the break from home fans who had expected more from Maldon in the opening 45 minutes.
And Gursel Gulfer’s team started the second half as they finished the first, eventually doubling their lead 11 minutes from time when a contender for man of the match Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe latched on to a loose ball wide on the wide and skipped past two opponents and slotted the ball past the keeper.
At 2-0 the home side relaxed and their confident play began to frustrate Maldon’s players, with tempers starting to flare and poorly-timed tackles becoming more frequent as foul language towards the referee intensified.
The visitors turned defence into attack very quickly, though, in the last minute, when a through ball to Femi Akinwunde gave him the space he needed to run into the box and easily finish past Darren Behcet.
With injury time still to play it was a warning to Barkingside about their complacency.
But moments later, Behcet came racing off his line to beat a Maldon striker to a through ball, only for his clearance to deflect to another visiting player waiting on the edge of the box.
And with the keeper rushing back to his goal, Danny Mills tried his luck and scored from 25 yards out to level up the score with virtually the last kick of the game.
The teams exchanged some angry words at the final whistle and frustrated Barkingside will certainly feel they should have won the game.
They will now welcome eighth-placed Cheshunt, who celebrated a 4-0 win at Dereham Town, to Cricklefields on Monday in what will be another tough fixture.
Barkingside: Behcet, Adebayo, Wright, Bunga, Spencer, Wren, Nzengo, Gray, With, Lataaya, Ogedi-Uzokwe. Sub: Abitogan, Scarlett, Salmon, Blake, Heard.
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