Barkingside boss pleased to bounce back
PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 July 2015
Gulfer sees team cut down Forest in friendly
Gursel Gulfer’s Barkingside came from behind to win 2-1 against Waltham Forest last night with a team completely made up of trialists.
Waltham Forest edged in front in the 19th minute but ‘Side managed to equalise with a neat finish from former Clapton striker Fahad Nyanja seven minutes before half time.
The victory was sealed when Jake Giddings skilfully dummied his marker before hitting a right-footed shot into the bottom corner late in the second half.
Gulfer said that the match was very beneficial for his selection process as he attempts to whittle his squad down in time for the new Ryman North season.
“What we’re trying to do right now is get more games for match practise for a lot of players,” he said.
“We’ve now got 27 players with us at the moment and we want to get that number down to 22 by the start of the season.
“The squad is definitely shaping up now.”
Following his team’s defeat to Essex Senior League outfit London Bari on Saturday, Gulfer introduced 10 new players against Forest, with only the goalkeeper keeping his place.
And according to the Barkingside boss, the conditions played a part in his side’s turn of fortune.
“The Bari game was completely different to the one against Waltham Forest,” he said.
“The game yesterday was on a very nice surface and it wasn’t as hot as it was on Saturday.
“We should have won the game by four or five goals, to be fair.”
With the opening day of the new season just a few weeks away, Gulfer is eager to arrange as much practice for his newly assembled team.
“We’re hoping to have two matches on Saturday against Canning Town and FC Hamlets and more of the first team are likely to feature in those games,” he said.
“We’re also trying to arrange a friendly for Tuesday because the Grays game (which was due to take place on July 27) has been pushed back by a week.”
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