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Essex Senior League: Chris Davis draws on positives after London Bari stop poor form

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 February 2017

A Hullbridge Sports player tries to take on a London Bari opponent (pic: Neil Hunwicks).

A Hullbridge Sports player tries to take on a London Bari opponent (pic: Neil Hunwicks).

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Old Spotted Dog club end run of seven consecutive defeats with 1-1 draw at home to Hullbridge Sports

Hullbridge Sports celebrate after opening the scoring against London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: Neil Hunwicks).Hullbridge Sports celebrate after opening the scoring against London Bari at the Old Spotted Dog (pic: Neil Hunwicks).

London Bari manager Chris Davis was pleased to see their poor run of form in the Essex Senior League come to an end last weekend after drawing 1-1 at home to Hullbridge Sports.

The east Londoners had lost their previous seven games and were behind once again at half time.

But Hassan Nalbant equalised in the 56th minute and it was enough to give Bari a well deserved draw.

Davis said: “We weren’t the happiest on Saturday, but it was about time we got a point after a bad run of defeats.

“We wanted all three because it would have helped us pull away from the position we currently are in the table.

“Also we were losing the game to a freak own-goal and they didn’t have another shot on target afterwards.

“Considering the amount of chances we created, we felt we did enough to win all three points.

“But I think in the back of our minds, we probably thought we were going to lose again, so it was good to get a point.”

Even though Bari had lost seven games in a row before hosting Hullbridge, they had shown signs of improvement.

The Old Spotted Dog outfit impressed during a 3-0 loss to FC Romania before losing 1-0 at Basildon United in the League Challenge Cup.

“We were unlucky at Basildon and even against FC Romania despite losing that game 3-0,” insisted Davis.

“All three of their goals could have been avoided and they were typical goals to concede when you have a young defence and goalkeeper.

“They only had three shots on target all game and scored all three, so that shows we actually did quite well.

“We didn’t give away a lot, but the major problem was that we didn’t defend set-pieces well enough.

“Over the last three games we have had a bit more consistency and that has definitely helped us a lot.

“It has taken a while, but the improvement has been there for a couple of games, so we’ll take a point.”

Bari stay 18th in the table after the draw, but are only two points off Eton Manor in 15th position.


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