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Bostik North: Barking 3 Romford 0

PUBLISHED: 09:45 02 September 2018

Darelle Russell (far right) celebrates putting Barking in front against Romford (pic Terry Gilbert)

Darelle Russell (far right) celebrates putting Barking in front against Romford (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking turned the Bostik North table on its head to beat Romford at Mayesbrook Park on Saturday.

Barking's Larry Akanbi and Brendan Ocran pressure a Romford rival (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking's Larry Akanbi and Brendan Ocran pressure a Romford rival (pic Terry Gilbert)

Justin Gardner’s Blues went into the match sitting in last place having lost their first three matches of the season to Canvey, Witham and Brentwood.

Meanwhile, Paul Martin’s Boro were top of the pile after beating Great Wakering and Tilbury and drawing at Bury Town.

But the formbook went out of the window, as Darelle Russell netted in each half for the hosts before Joe Bruce added a late penalty.

Both sides showed promise early on, but Blues made the breakthrough on 29 minutes when Russell got the final touch to a long throw-in to beat Rhys Hughes.

Barking's Gary Cohen on the attack (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking's Gary Cohen on the attack (pic Terry Gilbert)

Boro made a bright start to the second half and went close to drawling level just before the hour mark when Jonathan Nzengo hit the crossbar, with Barking keeper Emmanuel Olajide motionless.

The visitors had a great chance to get back on terms on 76 minutes when they were awarded a penalty for handball, but Toby Barlow sent his spot-kick high over the crossbar.

Blues doubled their lead moments later when Olajuwon Ogunwamide was found by fellow substitute Afolabi Obafemi, who crossed for Russell to steer home his second goal of the game.

Ogunwamide then won a penalty for the home side in stoppage time, with captain Bruce stepping up to send Hughes the wrong way from the spot.

Barking goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide grabs the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking goalkeeper Emmanuel Olajide grabs the ball (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking will host Bostik Premier Division outfit Hornchurch in a friendly on Tuesday, before a London Senior Cup tie against Balham a week later on September 11.

Romford will look to put a below-par performance behind them when they entertain Kettering Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at East Thurrock’s Rookery Hill ground on Sunday (September 9).

Barking: Olajide, Tarbard, Peart, Cohen, Cosson, Bruce, Edwards, Akanbi (Ogunwamide 70), Russell, Cheema (Abiola 81), Ocran (Obafemi 64). Unused subs: O’Brien, Reynolds.

Romford: Hughes, Nzengo, Barlow, Okoye, Forrest, Cossington, Taylor, Campbell, Bolton (Joseph 59), Barrett, Akpele (N Reynolds 59). Unused subs: Igbineweka, Jones, S Reynolds.

Barking's Larry Akanbi climbs highest in the box (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking's Larry Akanbi climbs highest in the box (pic Terry Gilbert)

Attendance: 101.

Romford's Toby Barlow misses a penalty (pic Terry Gilbert)Romford's Toby Barlow misses a penalty (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Afolabi Obafemi gets up for a header (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking's Afolabi Obafemi gets up for a header (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking's Timi Abiola (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking's Timi Abiola (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking goalscorer Joe Bruce is hugged by teammates (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking goalscorer Joe Bruce is hugged by teammates (pic Terry Gilbert)

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