Barkingside bring Poku back from Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:30 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:56 18 January 2016

Calvin Poku scored five for Hornchurch at Barkingside earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Calvin Poku scored five for Hornchurch at Barkingside earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Side boss Gulfer happy to wrap up loan deal for Urchins striker

Calvin Poku is a Barkingside player once again after rejoining the club on loan from Ryman North rivals Hornchurch.

The striker left Cricklefield Stadium in the summer to join the Urchins and despite scoring five goals against Side in the Ryman League Cup in August, has found opportunities hard to come by at Bridge Avenue.

Barkingside are currently without attacker Luke With who, like captain Paul Wright, is suspended for their next league fixture with Poku likely to lead the line.

And Side boss Gulfer is hopeful he can have a positive impact on the team’s fortunes in the coming weeks.

“Calvin has come back here on loan and I’m thankful to (Hornchurch boss) Jimmy McFarlane for giving us the chance to have him back,” said Gulfer

“We’ve been struggling with strikers in recent weeks, but we’ll have a very strong squad available in all areas of the pitch soon.”

Barkingside will be hoping Poku can add more goals to their game after they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Wroxham on Saturday.

Side took the lead at Trafford Park after Michael Ademiliu opened the scoring in the 68th minute, but the Yachtsmen were level just six minutes later through Nathan Stone.

While Barkingside were unable to collect their first win since October, the draw did end a run of three straight defeats and Gulfer was keen to take the positives from the match.

“We battled like warriors at Wroxham and the boys now know what they have to do if we are to survive,” added Gulfer.

“We played well and we definitely had chances to win the game. If you were watching it as a purist, I think we were the better team and showed we wanted it more.”

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