Bostik North: Barking 1 Haringey Borough 2
PUBLISHED: 09:30 04 October 2017
Unbeaten Haringey got the better of Barking in a fiery affair at Mayesbrook Park.
Both sets of players had to be separated at the end of each half, with the visitors taking the points back to north London.
It was Barking who started the game brightly with Shomari Barnwell hitting the side netting early on.
Barnwell was put through on goal again following a mistake in Haringey’s defence, but Valery Pajatet got down well to stop his goalbound effort and Dan Gilchrist could only watch as his rebound was cleared off the line.
Barking almost gifted the visitors the lead five minutes later when Theo Ola tried to dribble out of his own box and lost possession, before Jorge Dtassi-Sambu curled his shot high and wide.
Ola did manage to redeem himself at the right end of the pitch, going close with an effort just before half time.
But a challenge just before the break from Anthony McDonald on Blues captain Abs Seymour saw tempers flare on both teams.
Barking gifted Haringey the opener on the hour from a free kick against the run of play that was bundled over the line by Dtassi-Sambu.
And Ralston Gabriel doubled Haringey’s lead in similar fashion five minutes later.
Barking regrouped and battled to pull a goal back with a flick on from Goldy Capella finding new signing Hughes-Mason, who fired straight at Pajetat.
Blues grabbed a consolation a minute from time, when Hughes-Mason and Ricky Tarbard linked up well on the right and a cross was only cleared as far as Albert Levett, who placed his shot neatly inside the keeper’s near post for a debut goal.
It was too little, too late, though as Blues suffered their first home defeat since August and boss Justin Gardner was clearly disappointed with the challenge in the first half.
He said: “It’s lucky the boy is okay, that’s the most important thing. Those are things that change games, but you don’t want to see players get sent off.
“I felt the game was quite evenly matched. Probably a draw would have been a fair result, it wasn’t the greatest spectacle.
“I thought we gave a good account of ourselves but obviously in front of goal it was the same agai,n we weren’t clinical enough.
“We’re not putting the ball in the back of the net and if you don’t put the ball in the back of the net you don’t win games.
“The most disappointing thing is Haringey haven’t had to work hard for their goals, it was all too easy. But that’s what happens when you’re in form.
“We know every game will be tough but in the last 10 minutes we had their backs against the wall and finished the stronger team, but at the end of the day we’ve been changing our strikers and it’s not going in the back of the net for our strikers.
“Maybe I need to give a couple of strikers a run of games but then again it’s a results business and I want to win matches.
“I’m pleased with the performance, not the result, so it’s disappointing but we will bounce back and go again Saturday against Chipstead in the FA Trophy.”
Barking: Bowles, Tarbard, Ferguson, Willis (Capela 75), Adeyemi, Hughes-Mason, Ola, Seymour, Barnwell (Shaban 77), Levett, Gilchrist (Asamoah 67). Unused subs: O’Brien, Taylor.
Haringey: Pajetat, Olufemi, O’Donoghue, Yiga, Mitchell, Richards, Kay, Dtassi-Sambu, Gabriel (Byfield77 ), Luke (Aristidou 64), McDonald (Ademiluyi 67). Unused subs: Sherriff, Coley.