Match Report: Barkingside 0-4 May & Baker – ECFL

May & Baker moved up to 13th on Friday Night as they beat local rivals Barkingside by 4 goals to nil in the Eastern Counties Football League. The match threatened to not even start following trouble with the pitch lines but goals from Kai Warren, Darren Seymour, Ricky Teixiera and an own goal gave the visitors a good win on the road.

After a nervy start – neither team holding the ball for long periods of time – May & Baker took the lead after six minutes when Kai Warren lashed it past the goalkeeper. He took an age to get his shot away as he twisted and turned between two defenders but he managed to squeeze it past the keeper’s grasp. The Visitors began to dominate but a shot from the goalscorer from distance was wide before a half-volley from Kane Messenger was saved comfortably by Charles Howson.

Despite less possession, Barkingside had a good opportunity to equalise by they saw a shot from distance rattle the crossbar. A minute later, May & Baker increased their lead when the Barkingside keeper parried the ball into his own net before a couple of minutes later, on the half hour mark, Darren Seymour gave the away side a 3-0 lead. Josh Lowbridge ran through on goal before squaring it to Seymour who slotted it past the keeper. It wasn’t all May & Baker but the chances that Barkingside had, were well defended from the visitors and they held a three-nil lead at half time.

The second half was nervy and started very slow. The first real opportunity came around the 60-minute mark when a header for Barkingside was wide from close range. It was certainly one of them games where nothing seemed to go their way for the hosts.

Barkingside dominated the chances for 15 minutes but Daniel Jones’ shot from the edge of the box was saved comfortably before the home side thought they had scored, only for it to be ruled offside. A miskick from the ‘Side keeper gave Danny Gillham the ball but he sent it wide after a one-on-one before a speculative effort from Barkingside was fired over from distance.

With two minutes to play, May & Baker had their fourth when Ricky Teixiera smashed a shot from 25-yards which eluded the keepers grasp. A goal that marked the end of a excellent performance from the visitors.

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