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Essex Senior League: London Bari manager Chris Davis eyes away win ahead of lengthy break

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 March 2017

London Bari keeper Josh Strizovic saves at the feet of Barking's Steve Willis (pic Terry Gilbert)

London Bari keeper Josh Strizovic saves at the feet of Barking's Steve Willis (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Old Spotted Dog-based club have a three-week break after Saturday's encounter at Lower Road

Action from Barking's win at London Bari in the Essex Senior League (pic: Terry Gilbert)Action from Barking's win at London Bari in the Essex Senior League (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Chris Davis wants London Bari to claim all three points at Hullbridge Sports this weekend, especially as it is their last Essex Senior League game this month.

The Old Spotted Dog-based club do not play again after Saturday until April 8 and have no more home fixtures left.

Bari lost 2-1 to Barking last weekend, but impressed and are looking to reach the 40-point mark with a win at Lower Road.

Davis said: “Hopefully we go to Hullbridge and put in a good performance again because we want to finish the season with a flourish.

“If we do win on Saturday we would have reached the 40-point mark with two games to spare.

“We have three weeks off after the Hullbridge match, so we are really targeting victory. If we manage that we can go off and relax for a while, before coming back to training before the Tower Hamlets game (April 8).

“The schedule has been very weird this season, but if we can pick up a win on Saturday then we go into the three weeks thinking about how we can approach the last two fixtures.”

Joel Appiah’s return should help Bari at mid-table Hullbridge with the forward in fine form this season.

Paul Oshin shield the ball for Barking against London Bari (pic: Terry Gilbert)Paul Oshin shield the ball for Barking against London Bari (pic: Terry Gilbert)

He recently left the club to link up with Brentwood Town, who are battling to avoid relegation from the Ryman North.

But it didn’t take long for Appiah to come back to Bari after Tony Ievoli was sacked as Town manager last week.

Davis said: “Joel was trying to go to Brentwood and do well, but he has scored a lot of goals this season, so he doesn’t want to have just a small role.

“He was involved for one game and was on the bench, so that was strange for him having been a regular starter here.

“The manager then left, so he decided to come back to us and scored during our defeat to Barking.

“He has been one of the shining lights for us this season and has 21 goals now, so I hope he can get more.”

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