Essex Senior League: Brave London Bari stung by Basildon United in League Challenge Cup
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 February 2017
First half penalty earns Essex club victory at Stuart Bingham Stadium while Clapton drop to third in the table
London Bari produced one of their best displays of 2017 and yet still exited the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup last night following a 1-0 defeat at Basildon United.
The Old Spotted Dog club had lost seven of their previous eight matches since the turn of the year before yesterday’s encounter.
At the weekend, Bari lost 3-0 at home to FC Romania, although that was a slight improvement on the 5-1 loss they suffered to the same side on January 28.
Chris Davis would have hoped to see the east Londoners get back on form at the Stuart Bingham Stadium.
And they produced a spirited display and were level for much of the first half against the Bees.
Bari conceded a penalty six minutes before the break, however, following a handball inside the area.
Impressive Basildon forward Nathan Dewberry stepped up and opened the scoring in front of the 63 people in attendance.
Dewberry’s spot-kick proved to be the only goal of the game and it was enough to send Bees through.
Although Bari lost their seventh match in a row, there were positive signs for Davis to take from the defeat.
He will hope the east Londoners can rediscover their form at home to Hullbridge Sports this weekend.
Clapton dropped down to third in the table last night after Southend Manor claimed a 2-1 win at West Essex.
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