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Blues' away run ended

PUBLISHED: 13:19 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:45 02 July 2010

BARKING coach Neil Day says the four points collected in four days against promotion-chasing Barkingside is evidence of their continuing late season improvements, writes Iain Liddle. The Blues romped to a 3-1 victory over their rivals at Oakside last Wedn

BARKING coach Neil Day says the four points collected in four days against promotion-chasing Barkingside is evidence of their continuing late season improvements, writes Iain Liddle.

The Blues romped to a 3-1 victory over their rivals at Oakside last Wednesday evening, with goal-machine Joe Turner scoring twice and Mark Steadman converting a penalty against his old team-mates.

Day thought that the Mayesbrook Park club had secured all six points from the double-header when, after a scrappy contest, Des Gallen opened the scoring in the 89th minute on Saturday.

However, the resilient visitors then capitalised on some loose control in the home ranks and David Knight smashed in a long-range effort to salvage a draw.

Despite the late disappointment, which effectively ends Barkingside's Essex Senior League title challenge, Day remained positive about their overall displays.

"Before the games we would probably have taken the four points, but, at 1-0 up with a minute to go on Saturday, we came off the pitch absolutely gutted not to have taken more," said the coach.

"That's another sign that now our expectations are higher at this club.

"It was a dour first half, but we played a lot better in the second half, which is unusual for us.

"We spoke about the recent Enfield game at half time, where we lost, and asked the players to keep their focus.

"When Des scored in the 89th minute we thought we had won.

"Then Garry Mackin lost possession and they scored from 20 yards.

"Given our defensive record it's disappointing to concede like that at the end of the game."

Barking: Clark, G Mackin, D Mackin, Greenwood, Dennis, Tubey, Turner, R Mackin, Steadman, Tiffin, Offei. Subs: Gallen, Pyne, Sandiford, Stone, De Souza.


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