Harlow hot-shot hits Barkingside hopes

PUBLISHED: 10:03 09 September 2015

Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Ryman North: Harlow 3 Barkingside 1

Alfie Wren netted a fine consolation for Barkingside at Harlow (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Alfie Wren netted a fine consolation for Barkingside at Harlow (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside had no answer to Harlow hot-shot Alex Read as they fell to defeat at Barrows Farm Stadium.

Former Romford striker Read netted a hat-trick to seal the points for the hosts, taking his tally for the club to 102 goals in 117 appearances.

And defeat left Barkingside still searching for their first Ryman North win of the season, with only two points to their name.

Gursel Gulfer’s side travelled on the back of a battling goalless draw with Heybridge Swifts at the weekend and made a bright start.

The visitors played at a high tempo and should have opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Hassan Nalbant fired over from a corner.

Nalbant headed another corner wide when he should have tested Niklas Freund, before Read got his first sight of goaql at the other end and forced a save from Tom Skelton.

The home side took the lead against the run of play when Layne Eadie played a one-two with Ryan Melaugh and picked out Read to bring up his century of goals for the Hawks,

Barkingside were still posing a threat, but conceded a second goal six minutes before the break when Junior Dadson was brought down in the box and Read converted from the penalty spot.

The visitors began the second half well, with George Lataaya’s long range effort flying over before Alfie Wren forced Freund to tip his effort wide.

But Harlow went 3-0 up just before the hour when Fabion Simms headed the ball forward from midfield and Harry Prince’s low cross was blasted home by Read to complete his treble.

Gulfer’s men refused to throw in the towel and went close when Oti Ikomi played in fellow substitute Kevin Plange-Tabil, who blazed over.

Simms volleyed against a post for Harlow before Skelton tipped Jordan Gill’s 25-yard effort onto the crossbar, but Barkingside grabbed a consolation six minutes from time when Wren produced a sublime lob over the head of Freund.

Harlow: Freund, Pope, Eadie, West (Glasgow), Sonko, Simms, Dadson, Gordon, Read, Antoine (Prince), Melaugh (Gill). Unused subs: Knight, Rossis

Barkingside: Skelton, Adebayo, Wright, Birch, Aylott (Adewunni), Wren, Gray (Ikomi), Lataaya, Nzengo, Nalbant (With), Odeg. Unused subs: Plange-Tabil, Arokopiou.

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