Bari pay the penalty
PUBLISHED: 19:32 11 August 2013 | UPDATED: 19:32 11 August 2013
Essex Senior League: London Bari 0 Enfield 1
A 48th-minute penalty from John Bricknell was enough to send Bari to defeat in their first game of the new Essex Senior League season at the Old Spotted Dog.
The home side did not look like they were in the game, as Enfield created more of the chances in the first half and had more possession of the ball.
It wasn’t long before the visitors pushed up a gear and started to create chances as Brandon Martin’s header was ruled out due to an offside decision.
Not long after Jack Leachman drilled in a low shot, only to see it go wide, but Bari did not look as threatening as they only had one shot on target in the first half.
It seemed only a matter of time before Enfield broke through and the second half was only two minutes old when Harry Prince was brought down in the box.
The referee wasted no time in awarding the penalty and Bricknell stepped up to convert the spot-kick for the decisive goal.
Enfield went close again seven minutes later when Joe Kizzi’s effort was blocked from Bricknell’s corner and Bari boss Benroy Spring made a double substitution just before the hour in the hope of seeing his side up their game.
But the hosts were reduced to 10 men on 65 minutes as substitute Lee Newton was sent off.
Bari came close to equalising in the closing minutes, though, when substitute Junior Dias flicked a throw in from Justin Clarke on to Terry Bobie, who was one on one with the Enfield keeper.
But Bobie could not make the most of his chance and blasted the ball over the bar.
There was better news for SPORTING BENGAL, who ran out 3-0 winners at Southend Manor, and CLAPTON battled to a goalless draw at Bowers in their first fixture of the new campaign.
But TOWER HAMLETS returned empty-handed from Great Wakering after a 2-0 defeat and LONDON APSA went down by a 3-0 margin at Takeley.
Most teams are in action again in midweek, with Clapton hosting Tower Hamlets in an east London derby on Tuesday.
Bari visit Barking on the same night, while Sporting Bengal entertain Sawbridgeworth on Wednesday.
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