Nine-man Barkingside hold Ilford

PUBLISHED: 08:25 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:25 20 September 2016

Barkingside's Paul Wright was sent off against Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside's Paul Wright was sent off against Ilford (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside 0 Ilford 0

Honours finished even after a lively Cricklefield Stadium derby last night, which saw Barkingside finish with nine men.

Ilford had beaten their tenants 5-1 on the opening day of the Essex Senior League season and went into the return meeting on the back of a goalless draw with Barking at the weekend.

Gursel Gulfer’s Barkingside, meanwhile, had beaten London Bari 1-0 in their FA Vase dress rehearsal and had the better of the early stages, as Luke With sent an overhead kick just wide of the target.

David Laird put another effort wide, before Ilford’s first real chance came from Joe Killingback, whose shot almost got the better of Sam Roach in the home goal.

Allan Fenn’s Foxes had the better of the opening exchanges to the second half, with a free-kick into the box frantically cleared, before another was almost converted at the near post.

Barkingside’s George Lutaaya was then given a great chance to break the deadlock after a mistake in the visiting defence, but he was tackled in the box and penalty appeals were waved away.

Michael Ademiliyu fired another angled effort across the face of goal, while Aziz Kanu sent a long-range attempt just over for Ilford.

But Barkingside were reduced to 10 men when captain Paul Wright was sent off for a late tackle and Ilford’s Paul Clayton sliced a shot wide from the edge of the box.

The home side sent another header from a free-kick wide, but Isaac Nkosi hit a post for Ilford, before Ryan Barker-Francis sent a ball in from the left which almost resulted in an own goal.

Ilford went close to a winner two minutes from time when substitute Matthews flashed a shot narrowly wide, before a header also missed the target and another Barkingside defender went close to turning the ball into his own net.

Barkingside’s Leon Smith was given his marching orders in the closing stages, after collecting a second booking for kicking the ball away, and tempers boiled over following the final whistle also.

But the spoils were shared as Ilford maintained their record as the only unbeaten team in the division, ahead of an FA Vase tie at Burnham on Saturday, while Barkingside keep their improving form going ahead of their next clash with London Bari.

Barkingside: Roach, Birch, Ademiluyi, Wright, Ajoodha, Amoako (Blake 78), Laird, Lucas (Mitchell 66), Lutaaya, Smith, With (Hayes 80). Unused subs: Glancy, Tijani.

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