Davis calls on Bari squad to meet target over next week

PUBLISHED: 15:00 07 April 2016

A Sporting Bengal player takes a shot during their derby clash with London Bari (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Sporting Bengal player takes a shot during their derby clash with London Bari (pic: Tim Edwards)


Old Spotted Dog outfit looking to bounce back after losing to Tower Hamlets on Monday

London Bari manager Chris Davis is hoping his team can pick up what would be a “massive” win this weekend when they entertain Wadham Lodge.

The Essex Senior League clash at the Old Spotted Dog will see two sides in the top half of the table go head-to-head.

Bari are on 55 points at the moment and want to beat the 60 mark with six more fixtures left.

After beating Sporting Bengal United 1-0 on Saturday with a Benjamin Oni goal, they lost 2-0 to Tower Hamlets on Monday.

While that was a disappointing result, Davis wants his players to bounce back against Lodge.

“We have no more midweek game to focus on so we will do some sessions and work on what we did wrong against Hamlets,” he said.

“Hopefully after doing that we can take it into our home match on Saturday. It would be massive to win that. It would close the gap between ourselves and Wadham as well as Sawbridgeworth Town.”

One of the most frustrating things for Davis and his players this season is their form against clubs in the top 10.

In recent weeks they’ve only managed to draw with Barking and Sawbridgeworth, but did defeat leaders FC Romania in September.

But the Bari boss wants them to put that right this weekend, adding: “We still haven’t beaten many of the top teams this year.

“We managed to win against FC Romania, but recently we haven’t got the victories we have wanted against the likes of Barking and Sawbridgeworth.

“We still have to play FC Romania before the season ends and we have Wadham on Saturday, so hopefully we can put it right. It’s something we need to improve and we want to start this weekend.”

Bari make the trip to Takeley next Tuesday (April 12) as well and Davis is fearful ahead of visiting Station Road.

He does want them to try and get positive results over the next week to achieve their season aim.

“My biggest worry about the midweek games and especially when we have to travel is that the boys are up to speed,” said Davis.

“We normally get to the ground late and we can’t go through the warm-up like we usually would.

“If we can get three points against Wadham and another win on Tuesday it would take us past the 60 mark which is our target.

“Anything after that is a bonus, but the good thing is our aim is within reach. We need to show Monday’s defeat was a blip.”

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