Barkingside boss Walther confident ahead of Southend Manor clash

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 February 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther will be joined by new assistant manager Ray Bartlett in the dugout(Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther will be joined by new assistant manager Ray Bartlett in the dugout(Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther is confident in his squad ahead of their clash against Southend Manor this weekend.

Side will welcome Adam Peek’s men to Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) as they look to continue their recent form after a weekend off due to their match against Wadham Lodge being postponed.

“I personally believe when we’ve got out best 11 out and the squad we’re starting to build with us we’re a top-10 side,” Walther said.

“I started from scratch this season and not only have we changed the players, we’ve changed the staff and coaches, but I think it’s all coming together now.”

The Ilford-based club snatched a 2-1 victory against Manor in the FA Vase earlier this campaign, but Walther believes they’re a much improved side since that meeting.

“I think they’ve got a stronger team than when we played them before,” he said.

“They’ve just brought in Charlie Barlow from Great Wakering Rovers and they’ve got a couple new lads in recently so they will be a tough game.

“It’s a 50/50 game in my opinion, it could go either way. In the past or when I was at Clapton we always beat them as we had a bit more power than they did as they always had young teams.

“They have a lot more experience in their squad now though.”

Side had their match called off last weekend and the boss believes it did them a favour as Matheus Santos and Roddy Lemba were set to miss out through injury.

“From our point of view, not having a game Saturday really did us a favour as a couple of players were out injured and we’re expecting them back,” he said.

“Matheus and Roddy are our main attacking players who are scoring and creating most of our goals, so being without them might have been a struggle.

“Not having a game gave them a chance to recover and get fit for this weekend.”

Walther revealed he is keen to add youth to his ranks and willing to offer trials, adding: “Any younger players who want a chance and are willing to come training every week, we’ll happily look at them.”

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