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Essex Senior League: Barking manager Glen Golby content with victory over Takeley after troublesome first half

13:00 13 February 2017

Petrit Elbi looks for a way through for Barking at Hullbridge (pic Terry Gilbert)

Petrit Elbi looks for a way through for Barking at Hullbridge (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Blues hit five past Takeley, but didn’t have it all their own way

Barking's James Peagram goes close (pic Terry Gilbert)Barking's James Peagram goes close (pic Terry Gilbert)

Barking player/joint-manager Glen Golby was happy his team recovered from a difficult first half to beat Takeley 5-3 in the Essex Senior League.

The Blues claimed all three points thanks to goals from Petrit Elbi, Joe Staunton, James Peagram (2) and Max Watters at Mayesbrook Park.

However, the Barking boss revealed they did not have it all their own, especially in the opening 45 minutes.

“We weren’t pleased at half-time with how we were defending. We were caught on the counter-attack too often and struggled getting back to deal with it,” he said.

“Once we got the boys in at the break, we addressed the problems and tried to force Takeley out wide, where they didn’t want to go.

“We switched the full-backs over, which seemed to work, and we were worthy winners in the second half.”

Golby was also full of praise for the efforts of young Watters, who came on in the 53rd minute and scored the game’s final goal in stoppage time.

He added: “Max came on and changed the game, he added more balance across the midfield for us,” he added.

The victory took Barking back to the top of the Essex Senior League, one point clear of Clapton, who have played three games more.

And Golby hopes that by returning to the summit, his squad’s confidence is lifted further as they look to take control of the title race.

“Going back to the top of the league is a boost. Every team goes through a blip, so hopefully ours is over now,” he said after securing a first league win in three matches.

“We said to the boys at half-time that if other sides saw we were losing, they’d think we were crumbling under the pressure, so their response was good.”

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