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Barkingside boss Walther is expecting tough test from struggling Sawbridgeworth

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 September 2017

Tony Cookey scores the second goal for Barkingside against Whitton United in the FA Vase (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Tony Cookey scores the second goal for Barkingside against Whitton United in the FA Vase (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther expects a tough game against Essex Senior League strugglers Sawbridgeworth Town this weekend.

Barkingside's Michael Sherwood battles for the ball against Whitton United (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Barkingside's Michael Sherwood battles for the ball against Whitton United (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Side host the 17th-placed outfit on Saturday and will be looking to bounce back after three defeats in a row at Cricklefield Stadium.

“Sawbridgeworth will be a tough game,” said Walther.

“They’re probably in a false position from where they should be, but it’s early days.

“They have some really good players and a great manager there, who has done a great job.”

Walther believes his side need to be tougher on their opponents if they want to become more consistent this season and get more points on the board.

“I’m sure it will be a battle and I think we will go out with a more physical side this week,” he said.

“We need players who can match up physically with them and make us more difficult to beat.”

The manager also revealed his side have been weak from corners and must stop conceding sloppy goals, adding: “At the moment we have been weak from corners, there is no point trying to hide it as teams that have watched us play or watched YouTube videos will know that.

“Their captain is very a strong at taking corners so we will have to be aware.”

Walther also revealed he plans to stick with the same midfield line-up for the clash as they were a positive in Saturday’s 3-2 FA Vase defeat to Whitton United.

“Saturday our midfield worked for us in the second half and we managed to get players on the ball, so if those three are available they will all start,” Walther admitted.

“We’re looking to bring in a new centre-half and hopefully we will have someone who can come straight into the line-up.”

Barkingside could have a few new faces in their squad as Walther is on the hunt for some more recruits to help shore things up.

“We’re going to be making a few signings this week to try and make ourselves more defensively solid as we’re still conceding silly goals,” he added.

“We lost players like Billy Rix right at the beginning of the season to Ilford and I don’t think we have really recovered from losing experienced players like that.

“We have tried to give the youngsters a chance, but it is not quite working out right now.”


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