Barkingside assistant manager Leon Lewis believes in his squad

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 September 2017

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (left) and assistant Leon Lewis (centre)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (left) and assistant Leon Lewis (centre)


Barkingside assistant manager Leon Lewis believes in the squad ahead of their clash with Essex Senior League rivals Redbridge, writes Jacob Ranson.

Side host Ricky Eaton’s men tomorrow evening and will be hoping to continue their good form at Cricklefield Stadium.

Lewis and his side will take on their third match in six days as they face the Motormen and remain confident they have enough to keep going.

“Friday’s another tough game, they’ve had some good results but again it’s more about focusing on ourselves,” said Lewis.

“When we are at it, we are confident we can beat anyone.”

Lewis remains confident despite a busy fixture list and has a strong belief of picking up another three points and climbing the table.

“These games are coming in quick succession, but the strength and depth of our squad can deal with it,” he added. “I have a lot of belief in the squad and we are very confident.”

He also wants his players to not get caught up in the occasion of playing a Friday night derby match.

“Rival matches are always heated, we’ll try not to get caught in that,” he added.

“I’ll be telling the lads to play the game and not the occasion.”

Barkingside are expected to rotate their line-up slightly from the match against Ilford last night (Wednesday) to freshen things up.

They have also signed Raphael Duyile from Clapton and the striker went straight into the line-up last weekend.

“Ralph is a good player, who will add to the quality already at the club,” said Lewis, after Barkingside’s 2-1 FA Vase win over Southend Manor.

Goals from Jason Fontaine and Michael Ogboin inspired Side to victory despite a late goal from Manor’s Rhys Fatt and a heroic save from Will Hunt to stop an equaliser in stoppage time at Cricklefield Stadium.

Lewis admitted they want to have a run in the prestigious competition, but will continue to take each game at a time.

“It would be nice to have a good run, we’ll continue to work hard and take each game as it comes,” he said.

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