Essex Senior League: Chris Davis wants London Bari to get a positive result against Ilford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 February 2017

A London Bari players looks to keep possession from a Redbridge rival (pic: Tim Edwards).

A London Bari players looks to keep possession from a Redbridge rival (pic: Tim Edwards).


The two clubs do battle seven days after the Foxes handed out a 6-2 thrasing at Cricklefield Stadium

London Bari manager Chris Davis is remaining positive despite their recent terrible form in the Essex Senior League.

The Old Spotted Dog club lost 3-0 at home to Wadham Lodge on Saturday having suffered a 6-2 defeat at Ilford last Wednesday.

Bari will seek revenge over the Foxes when they face off again tonight (Wednesday), before the east Londoners entertain FC Romania on Saturday, having lost 5-1 to them on January 28.

Even though Davis has seen his team beaten in five of their six matches in 2017, he is sure they’ll get back on track soon.

He said: “Ilford is a winnable game and we have beaten FC Romania twice over the last two seasons.

“I think we can get a good result from both games, but everybody else will expect us to not get anything.

“The players have to take on board the things we are telling them and they must believe we can stop our bad run.

“I’m always positive and optimistic and I go into every match hoping we can get a win.”

Bari will be well aware of Ilford’s threat having suffered a heavy loss at Cricklefield Stadium earlier this month.

FC Romania also defeated the east Londoners 5-1 on January 28, but Davis is remaining optimistic.

He added: “We played them both recently and the Ilford match is still fresh in the memory for me and the squad.

“I think we were 5-0 down after only half an hour and the players didn’t know what to expect and it cost us.

“Every time Ilford played the ball forward it looked like they were going to score, but I made all my substitutions early.

“All three of them were on in the first half and it helped settle us and in the second half we scored twice and they only got one goal, so we’ll be focusing on that.

“Even though this current situation is depressing and demoralising, the players have enough to get us out of this position.”

Bari will hope that can start this evening when they do battle with local rivals Ilford for a second time in quick successive.

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