Barkingside topple Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 November 2016
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Tower Hamlets 1 Barkingside 3
Barkingside secured back-to-back wins in east London with Essex Senior League success over Tower Hamlets last night.
Having claimed a 1-0 win over Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday, Gursel Gulfer’s men made the trip to Mile End Stadium in good spirits, despite their boss having already ruled out promotion this season.
But they fell behind after only four minutes when Rahim Adama Bamba converted from close range after the visitors failed to clear a corner.
Barkingside were back on level terms on 15 minutes, though, as Marvin Birch slotted home from 12 yards and they were awarded a penalty for handball later in the first half.
But David Laird saw his spot-kick tipped on to a post by Jean Manata and it remained at 1-1.
Hamlets had gone close to regaining the lead on the half-hour mark when Jairo Pedro’s shot hit the crossbar, but they fell behind on 36 minutes when Jason Fontaine burst through the home defence and lobbed Manata.
Both sides enjoyed spells of pressure at the start of the second half, but Barkingside made sure of the points with around a quarter of an hour remaining when Fontaine got in behind the Hamlets defence once again and rounded Manata before slotting into the far corner of the net.
Victory lifted Barkingside up to eighth place, ahead of their trip to Sawbridgeworth at the weekend, while a fourth successive defeat for Ade Abayomi’s Hamlets leaves them down in 18th place, with Redbridge due to visit on Saturday.
Tower Hamlets: Manata, Sumithran, Sheymz, Atunda, Pedro, Oreniake, Olanipekun, Rui Pina, Junior, Adama Bamba, Rowe. Subbs: Ibrahima, Caleir, Ibrahim, Djop, Biscoe.
Barkingside: Francis, Ambrose, Glancy, Wright, Ruzgas, Birch, M Ademilyu (Lutaaya 70), Ajoodha, With, Laird, Fontaine (Mitchell 80). Unused subs: G Ademilyu, Martins, Campbell.
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