Bari preparing to take on local rivals Newham

PUBLISHED: 16:30 23 March 2016

Action from one of London Bari's games from earlier this month (pic: Michael Zambonini)

Action from one of London Bari's games from earlier this month (pic: Michael Zambonini)


Two local clubs do battle this evening with both desperate to pick up points

London Bari are hoping their busy Essex Senior League schedule will help them move up the table this week.

Chris Davis’ team bounced back from a 6-1 thrashing at Basildon United last Tuesday by winning a five-goal thriller with Stansted at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday.

The visitors opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, but two strikes from Toheeb Oloyede put the hosts ahead at the break.

Castilo Herrera made it 3-1 in the 63rd minute and although the Airportmen pulled one back 10 minutes from time, Bari held on to move on to 47 points.

Davis’ side are in 10th place at the moment, but are set to play three more times over the course of the next week.

They are due to host local rivals Newham tonight (Wednesday), before another home clash with Sawbridgeworth at the weekend.

After that, Bari travel to face Greenhouse Sports on Bank Holiday Monday. Success in those three matches could result in the Old Spotted Dog outfit rising as high as seventh.

Newham will have other ideas, though, as Shamrez Darr’s men desperately look to move away from the bottom of the table.

The east Londoners have endured a frustrating week after failing to pick up wins against two local sides.

They played host to fellow strugglers Waltham Forest at Tilbury’s Chadfields last Tuesday and it ended goalless although the visitors hit the woodwork twice.

The draw ensured Forest remained four points above Newham, who welcomed Tower Hamlets in another derby clash on Saturday.

It was goalless at the break, but the away team broke the deadlock with seven minutes remaining and that was how it finished.

Newham remain bottom and are still four points behind Forest, but having played one match more.

After travelling to Bari this evening, they make the trip to Burnham Ramblers on Saturday desperate to pick up points at Leslie Field.

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