Reserves Remain Unbeaten After Tiptree Comeback
By Jordan Harris
Barkingside Reserves Come From Two Goals Down to Share The Spoils With Tiptree Jobserve
Barkingside Reserves extended their unbeaten start to the league season with an entertaining draw against Tiptree Jobserve at Colchester United's Florence Park training ground.
Barkingside got off to the worst start 5 minutes in when Tiptree broke the offside trap and some indecision between Frankie Naidoo and Goalkeeper Chris Burke, playing his first game for 18 months allowed James Couzens to step in and slot the ball home.
2 minutes later and Barkingside were level. Some neat play down the right hand side freed Carl Patten, he squared the ball to Ishmael Raymond cooly slotted the ball home with his weaker right foot to net his second in as many games.
The next 20 minutes saw the home side totally dominate the league leaders and they deservedly retook the lead in the 20th minute through Perrie Flatts. Ross James beat full back Jack Boys down the left hand side and whipped the ball across, the ball somehow missed everyone and ended at the feet of Flatts who struck the ball beyond Burke into the back of the net.
Five minutes later and Tiptree extended their lead with James getting on the scoresheet. He beat Boys, who was playing on the unfamilar right hand side of defence to the byline and his powerful cross shot evaded Burke and went in off the post to make it 3-1.
For the opening half an hour Tiptree had been hungrier than Barkingside, won every second ball and wanted to win a lot more than the league leaders. Thankfully in the 33rd minute the profilic Patten got on the scoresheet again. Josh Lowbridge whipped the ball in from the corner and Patten rose highest to powerfully head the ball into the net from 6 yards out.
From being second to everything Barkingside now looked hungrier and equalised within a minute of scoring their Second. Raymond broke free in midfield and slotted the ball to Patten who notched his 14th league goal of the season via a deflection.
After 6 goals and a very entertaining first half the second period flattered to decieve, with not much quality being produced in the final third by either team. Both sides had chances to win in the dying moments with set pieces but neither team could muster anything and the game ended in 3-3 draw which on the balance of play was probably the fair result.
Joint Manager Jordan Harris said after the game "It was important for us to keep our unbeaten run in the league going. Having to make 3 late changes to our back 5 this week wasn't ideal but after a poor opening half hour in which we were totally outplayed we did well to fightback for a point. Tiptree are the best side we have played this year so far and they will be up there come the end of the season."