Barkingside assistant Bartlett expects a much-changed Wadham Lodge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 09 February 2018

Barkingside striker Michael Ogboin (right) (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside striker Michael Ogboin (right) (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside assistant manager Ray Bartlett expects a much-changed Wadham Lodge outfit since his spell with the strugglers earlier this campaign when the sides meet this weekend.

Side welcome Bartlett’s old club to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to keep pushing up the Essex Senior League table.

Bartlett left Clapton in September and weeks later joined Lodge but his time there only lasted a matter of weeks before he took a few months away from the sport.

“They’ve changed the team quite a lot from my brief spell,” he said.

“I went to watch them play Clapton two weeks ago and they have a very young side, but their key men to watch are probably Jimmy (Paul Oshin) and Sherwin Stanley, they’re two former Clapton players I’ve worked with.

“You can’t get much better experience in your team than those two.”

Former Takeley first-team coach Bartlett also revealed he expects a physical game, like against Hackney Wick last weekend.

“I’m expecting a physical battle, but hopefully out footballing ability will shine like it did against the Wick,” he added. “I’m confident in my team’s ability to get all three points Saturday.”

He also revealed every match for the club until the end of the season is crucial and they must pick up as many points as possible for a strong finish.

“Every game from now until the end of the season is vital,” he added.

“I’ve checked the next eight fixtures, we are either playing teams near the bottom fighting to stay up or teams trying to get promoted, so there will be no easy games.

“But I’m confident we are good enough to win all of those games with our best squad available.”

Side go into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Hullbridge Sports at Cricklefield Stadium on Monday after going 1-0 up through Gary Thompson.

Two days earlier they crushed Hackney Wick 7-1, with Roddy Lemba hitting another hat-trick, and they will hope they can take their recent momentum into this weekend’s clash as they look to extend their distance away from the relegation zone.

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