Chris Davis positive London Bari will improve again in Essex Senior League

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 August 2016

Action from the FA Cup tie between London Bari and Clapton (pic: Tim Edwards)

Action from the FA Cup tie between London Bari and Clapton (pic: Tim Edwards)


East London club finished eighth last year and believe they can improved on that again this time around

London Bari manager Chris Davis believes the Old Spotted Dog club can achieve their best-ever finish in the Essex Senior League this season.

The east Londoners share the ground with local rivals Clapton and were just one place and four points behind them during the 2015/16 campaign.

Bari were eighth after winning 17 matches and obtaining 63 points in the division from their 40 league games.

Davis isn’t going to set any bold aims, but is confident they can improve on those figures.

He said: “We finished eighth last year and definitely feel we can finish higher this time. I do not want to put any pressure on the players and say stuff like we need to get promoted.

“Our aim is to just take each game as it comes and look to try and do a little bit better than last season.”

Bari have added some 16 and 17-year-olds to their squad during the summer and believe the team is the strongest it has ever been.

They only joined the Essex Senior League ahead of the 2012/13 campaign and have finished 10th, 20th, 15th and now eighth most recently.

On paper it looks like the club have been taking one step forward and then one back, but Davis feels they are heading in the right direction now.

“Our best finish in the division before last season was 10th, but that was when only 19 teams were in the league,” he added.

“If you look at last year, we’ve finished eighth and there is 21 sides, so it was very good and we feel like we are moving up and in the right direction.

“The season before I took charge we were bottom and in my first year we came 15th.

“After coming eighth during the last campaign we know we are going upwards and I believe we should carry on going that way.”

Bari’s boss is happy with the quality of his squad, but believes they probably wouldn’t have been able to cope with how the east Londoners started the campaign last year.

Davis watched his team struggle initially and lose five of their opening seven matches in all competitions.

In that period they only scored two goals, in a 3-2 defeat at Burnham Ramblers, before they edged out FC Romania 2-1 on September 19 for the first victory of the season.

“To be honest I don’t think the group of players we have now would manage to deal with how we started last year,” said Davis.

“We hardly scored at all in our first seven games in all competitions and when we did we lost. Our first point was from a 0-0 draw so it took us some time.

“I think the boys we have now would have thought it was terrible. When we look at the squad we’ve put together this summer, though, we feel we have improved the team.

“We finished eighth in my second season in the end so we know we are going up and I believe we should carry on going that way. Fingers crossed all our hard work throughout the campaign will see us finish high up at the end of the year.”

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