Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Yapp's Ruff Guide to Barking

This beautifully and professional A4 size programme will mess up a lot of non-league filing systems!

Hopperational details
Date & Venue
Tuesday 18 August 2015 at Mayesbrook Park
Barking 3 Felixstowe & Walton 1 (aet, 1-1 at 90min)
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Ground 575, and I am here because it is my nearest unvisited ground hosting an FA Cup replay.
Pre-match preparation
These two clubs are at Step 5.  Barking are in the Essex Senior League and Felixstowe & Walton are in the Eastern Counties Premier.  Saturday’s game was a 1-1 draw, with Barking having originally taken the lead.  I also did some skim-reading of a manual and will have a play around with some non-auto settings on the new(ish) camera!
This match in one sentence
A controversial 90th minute red card and goal did not in the end prove costly for Barking who coped well with having ten men in extra time.
So what?
A home tie with Haringey Borough awaits Barking in the next round.
The drama unfolds
The visitors had the better of the early exchanges without creating a gilt-edged chance.  Duane Wright came closest with two chances in quick succession.  Wale Odedoyun had been unluckily penalised for handball by a referee who gradually became the centre of attention as the evening went on.  The freekick eventually led to a scuffed shot and then there was a header just wide.  The sunset on the western horizon formed a great backdrop as Barking got back in the game and started to make better use of their size and pace up front.  Here is a scene-and-sun-setter clip with Barking in blue.

Barking finished the first half on top except for one missed chance by Felixstowe’s Daniel Shy just before the whistle.  To be fair be probably expected an attacker in front of him to head the ball first.  0-0 at halftime

I said a quick hello to @essexfootie filming in the stand and went to join a handful of F&W supporters behind the goal.  We saw Miles Powell shoot just over after Wright won a rare header to flick the ball on.  On the whole, however, the pace and power of Toby Adesina & Lindisipho Mtyanda looked more likely to score for Barking.  The opening goal was a straightforward header by Adesina from a right-wing corner.  1-0 after 66 mins

It looked for a long time to be sufficient.  As the minutes ticked by, the referee showed a yellow card to Billy Rix for timewasting, and then bemused him by showing a red.  He correctly protested that he had not already been booked – the ref checked with his lino – oh, how we laughed.  Or not.  In stoppage time, however, the red card was produced again, also after checking with the assistant – a “straight” one for a lunging tackle by Mtyanda.  From the resulting freekick, the ball was cleared off the line but after pinging around a few times it was diverted into the roof of the net for the most dramatic of equalisers.  No idea of the scorer at the time of writing.  Extra time, then.  1-1 after 90 mins

The visitors had the better of the next fifteen minutes.  Sub Armani Shaar shot over but there were no goals to report.  1-1 at half-time in extra time

Barking keeper Jason Willis made a good double save to keep the scores level.  Felixstowe played a high defensive line to pin Barking back, but the ten men took the lead from a set piece.  Adesina lost his marker just long enough to plant this header past Danny Crump into the net.  If you saw my incorrect tweet at this point, many apologies.  Simple incompetence on my part.  2-1 after 117 mins

Crump came up to join the attack for several corners as Felixstowe were forced forward but he was left in no-man’s land from a break and another Barking sub, Eden Nelson, scored an easy goal to win the tie.  Final score 3-1

This was a great game for the passing neutral.  Really the only thing F&W did wrong was not to have won the first game with home advantage.

Commiserations to F&W.  As they say in the vernacular, "Go again!"
Ground Pix
Mayesbrook Park is a collection of huts and containers at the moment and will not win any beauty contests anytime soon.  However, we did have a very nice sunset…

Match Pix

Connor Field's (12) last-ditch header goes just wide ...
Danny Crump (in yellow) is stranded upfield in Felixstowe's last attack
Something You Don’t Get in the Premier League

Goalkeeper Top Colour Stats
No clean sheets, but a win for GREY over YELLOW.  Full table to come at the end of the month.

What Next?
Watch @GrahamYapp on Twitter for details!  Next "priority" ground for me is FC United of Manchester to restore "Everything Down to Step 2" but prep for the new term is also needed so I am likely to be making last minute decisions, and maybe some random ones among them.

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