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Chris Davis confident London Bari can better Enfield in second Essex Senior League fixture of the season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 August 2016

London Bari manager Chris Davis (left) looks on from the touchline (pic: Tim Edwards)

London Bari manager Chris Davis (left) looks on from the touchline (pic: Tim Edwards)

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Old Spotted Dog club believe they can earn first point of the campaign this weekend and look ahead to facing Clapton again

London Bari manager Chris Davis knows it will take some time before his team find their feet in the Essex Senior League after changing the squad during the summer.

The Old Spotted Dog outfit lost 2-1 at Takeley last Tuesday in their opening fixture of the campaign, before facing Clapton in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup at the weekend.

Bari went down 3-1 at home to their local rivals, despite a goal from Senou Kone, and face Enfield in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Davis believes it is a great chance for them to boost some confidence ahead of facing Clapton again, this time with league points on offer, next Tuesday (August 16).

He said: “We play a totally different style to the other teams in the league, but we need to find our feet with the new players we’ve got.

“We are a work in progress, although I think we will definitely do better this year compared to last season. I don’t want to disrespect Enfield, but they shouldn’t be a team that can do too much damage to us.

“To me, the dangerous sides in the division are Barking, Ilford and the likes of Clapton. But we feel we should be able to give it a good go this year and that all starts on Saturday against Enfield.”

What has not helped Bari in their first two matches of the new season is slow starts in both games.

At Takeley they fell behind after only two minutes and on Saturday against Clapton, they trailed inside 60 seconds.

Gareth Jones got Bari back on level terms at Station Road, but they conceded again 10 minutes from time to lose their league opener.

Although Kone levelled the scores at home to Tons on Saturday, the visitors scored twice more to seal a 3-1 success.

Davis added: “We play Clapton again on Tuesday and if we can get a win at the weekend it will boost the morale of the boys.

“It will give us confidence to have more conviction in our play and hopefully we can do better than we did against them on Saturday.

“A player said to me at the weekend ‘it is a marathon, we have only just started’ and I thought about it afterwards.

“We have played in the FA Cup and yes we would have liked to have got through, but we weren’t going to win it.

“The financial rewards of the FA Cup would’ve been nice, but I hope we can learn from the experience.”

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