Barkingside topple Regent; Redbridge Bury-ed
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 April 2016
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Ryman North: Brightlingsea Regent 1 Barkingside 2; Redbridge 0 Bury Town 1
Tyrone Scarlett’s late goal earned Barkingside a rare away win and officially condemned neighbours Redbridge to the bottom of the Ryman North table.
Scarlett struck nine minutes from time to seal the points against Regent at North Road and make it back-to-back wins for Gursel Gulfer’s men, after their 4-0 beating of Romford.
But Motormen were beaten at home by Bury Town and will finish in the basement, ensuring relegation to the Essex Senior League.
Side cannot avoid finishing second from bottom, but that position has been enough to earn clubs a reprieve in previous seasons.
Regent had been pushing for a play-off until only recently, when their form had tailed off, and their pitch passed a morning inspection, after heavy rain in the Colchester area throughout Friday.
And Barkingside hit the post during a goalless first half, while Jake Clowsley failed to convert at the far post for the hosts after good work by Phil Kelly.
The deadlock was broke on 58 minutes, though, when Ricky Griggs crossed for Clowsley made no mistake this time to head home.
But the home side’s joy was shortlived as Side were back on terms on the hour when George Lataaya struck.
And Scarlett upset Regent with a second Barkingside goal on 81 minutes to clinch a fourth away victory of the season for the visitors, who end their campaign with a home match against Dereham Town at Cricklefield Stadium next weekend.
Barkingside: McCarthy, J Wilson, Wren, Shepherd, Abitogan, Birch, Spencer, Adebayo, With, Latayya, Scarlett. Unused subs: Smith, Mills, Gulfer, Wright.
Relegated Redbridge were looking to make it three games unbeaten against Bury after Oakside’s troublesome pitch passed a morning inspection, despite heavy rain having fallen throughout Friday.
Motormen had beaten Barkingside a week earlier been seconds away from defeating play-off hopefuls Cheshunt on Tuesday before setting for a 1-1 draw.
But they were left empty-handed this time as visitors ensured their long trip down from Suffolk was worthwhile thanks to a 19th-minute goal from Darcy De’ath.
Redbridge complete their campaign next weekend with a trip to Waltham Abbey, who also find themselves in the relegation zone and trailing Wroxham, who have a game in hand, by a point.
Redbridge: Freund, Sackey, Jaffa, Burgess, Parish, Good (Hocking-Rising 76), Gent, Kabashi, Belindir (Smith 59), Knight, Coxi Sebastfao (Cornelius 80). Unused sub: Adelekan.
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