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Barkingside boss Michael Walther expects tough test against Hullbridge

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 September 2017

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther expects a tough test against Hullbridge Sports this weekend.

Side will travel away to face Hullbridge on Saturday and will be hoping to make it two wins in a row.

“Hullbridge is a tough side, I know the manager Rob Hodgson and a lot of the people involved over there,” Walther said.

“They’ve got a good group of young players, they fight for ninety minutes, so we know it will be a tough game.”

Walther is determined to get a result and believes the Essex Senior League is so close this year that anything can happen.

“Hopefully we can get something out of it,” he said.

“I think this season there is so many tight games, they can just go either way.”

The manager also revealed he’s not sure what sort of team he will put out on the pitch on Saturday as he has to wait and see who is available before he can decide.

“At the moment it’s a case of waiting to see who’s available because we’ve never got the same team available.

“We just have to wait and see really.”

The boss is pleased with his side’s start to the Essex Senior League campaign and admits they could probably be doing better.

“If you’d had said to me at the start of the season we’d have nine points after five games, then I would have probably been happy with that,” Walther admitted.

“We’ve had a couple of defeats to West Essex and Woodford Town, so it’s been a bit up and down.

“We haven’t had the same players available for every game at the moment, specifically one of our centre halves, so now and again when we have a few less experienced players we don’t look quite as strong.”

Striker Micahel Ogboin was brought off at half-time in their 2-1 victory against Burnham Ramblers and Walther admits it wasn’t an injury.

“I felt we started off strong and then they started to get on all the second balls, so we brought on another right back and pushed our right back to right midfield, took off a striker (Ogboin) and put in an extra midfield man, so we weren’t so flat.”


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