Barkingside boss Walther wants points against teams around them

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 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 believes his side now have the challenge of performing against the teams around them ahead of their clash with Hackney Wick this weekend.

Side will travel to an old stomping ground of Walther’s at The Old Spotted Dog on Saturday (3pm) and will be hoping to pick up three points as they look to climb the Essex Senior League table.

The boss believes his side must take their recent performances into the match and have as much motivation as they do against the big teams.

“The challenge for us now is making sure we’re motivated and coming out on the right end of results against teams around us,” Walther said.

“Our games since Christmas, the performances have been so much better, so I have to be pleased with that. We drew 1-1 with Basildon United in the cup and lost 1-0 to FC Romania through a penalty, so if we can take those sort of performances to the teams in and around us we should pick up wins.”

Walther is expecting every match to be tricky at this stage in the season as everyone is fighting for points for one reason or another.

“Everyone is going to be motivated to beat each other in the bottom half to get away from the bottom,” he said.

“Obviously that means games are going to be tough.”

He also believes playing at The Old Spotted Dog could play into his side’s advantage as Hackney are rumoured to have appointed a new manager.

“I know they’ve got a new manager and some new players who have come in,” Walther revealed.

“They will be a bit of an unknown quantity in that respect, but I was manager at Clapton for two-and-a-half years, so I know the pitch.

“Ray (Bartlett) has been at Clapton and we have a lot of players who have played there and we all know how to play on that pitch.

“There is a certain way to play on that pitch and have success – I’ve seen good players look very ordinary there where they don’t know how to play it.”

Barkingside will also be hosting strugglers Hullbridge Sports at Cricklefield Stadium on Monday (7.45pm).

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