Clapton fight back in thriller; Bari win again but Newham beaten

Clapton fans show their support (pic; George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Clapton fans show their support (pic; George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

The latest from the Essex Senior League

London Bari continued their excellent Essex Senior League form with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Southend Manor taking Bari’s unbeaten run in the division to seven games.

Joel Appiah scored a brace for the Old Spotted Dog outfit to give his team the lead 15 minutes before half time.

Appiah got his second after capitalising on a goalkeeping error to seal the three points for Bari.

The home side dominated possession early on, but it was Southend who created the first chance of the game with Wesley De Oliveria dinking the ball over the bar.


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Bari countered the away side with Appiah sharply playing the ball to Babajide Sonupe, who expertly dribbled past the full back to pick out Cornello Fonseca, but he shot over the bar.

London Bari took the lead through Appiah after a Chris Davis pass was misjudged by a Manor defender, which allowed Appiah to bring the ball under control and fire in off the post into the bottom right hand corner.

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The visitors almost equalised a minute before half time after Steve Solarin gathered a flick on by Jeff Okirie. He, however, shot over the bar.

The second half began with Appiah playing a through ball to Tony Cookey leaving him one-on-one with Rees Hawkins, but James Lacey tracked back to make an excellent recovery tackle.

Lee Scott came close for the Seasiders on the hour mark with a free kick, which looked destined for the top left hand corner, but went narrowly wide.

Manor had a chance to equalise through Okirie whose scuffed shot bobbled wide after Bari failed to clear a Rhys Fatt corner.

The hosts were unfortunate not to double their lead after an Ifedayo Adetunji free kick went marginally past the post.

Soon after, Appiaph was denied his second of the game, hitting the post after Babajide Sonupe sliced open the Southend defence with a well weighted through ball.

But Appiaph finally doubled his tally for the day when the Southend goalkeeper spilled a cross by Toheeb Oloyede, which left Appiaph with a tap in and the opportunity to seal the three points.

London Bari won comfortably with Southend Manor unable to take the few chances they created.

The Seasiders will feel disappointed that two defensive errors cost them the game along with the lack of attacking threat.

Apiaph was clinical and pounced on the errors of the Southend Manor defence and ensured an injury ravaged Bari took all three points.

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Clapton produced an incredible comeback on Saturday against Hullbridge Sports at Lower Road to salvage a 4-4 draw in the league.

Michael Walther’s men were trailing 3-1 at half time and things got worst at the start of the second period as the hosts went three-goals ahead.

But a hat-trick from Shomari Barnwell and a goal from Warren Mfula earned them a point after a thriller encounter.

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Newham couldn’t build on their mid week success against Greenhouse Sports on Saturday as they lost 2-1 at home to Stansted.

The Airportmen made the trip to Chadfields with a new management team after Paul Halls had resigned on Friday and they earned a one-goal win.

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