Essex Senior League: Barkingside, Ilford lose again

PUBLISHED: 09:50 29 April 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside and Ilford suffered more disappointment in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Joint Ilford manager Billy Cove (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Joint Ilford manager Billy Cove (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A 4-0 home defeat against Takeley at Cricklefield Stadium leaves Barkingside hovering above the bottom three with two games still to play.

Landlords Ilford, meanwhile, let a lead slip in a 3-1 reverse at Waltham Forest, suffering a ninth successive loss to end the campaign, and they could finish as low as 15th in the final table.

Barkingside had beaten Ilford 3-1 a week earlier, but two goals apiece from former Foxes striker Carl Mullings and Stuart Zanone saw Takeley run out comfortable winners over Michael Walther’s men.

Defeat leaves them in 17th place, just two points above the relegation zone, with a trip to Southend Manor on Monday followed by a crunch clash at fellow strugglers Wadham Lodge on Wednesday.

Ilford, with joint boss Billy Cove starting in goal against his former club, where he is the second highest goalscorer in their history, ended their season with that sinking feeling.

They took the lead from the penalty spot at Kitchener Road, but saw the hosts level in similar fashion through Shomari Barnwell.

Forest took the lead through Joshua Brimacombe-Ward and Rheo Josephs tapped in their third to claim the points and ensure survival.

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