Barkingside ‘can push Cray hard’

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 March 2016

Gursel Gulfer, manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Gursel Gulfer, manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side boss Gulfer confident his team can get close to promotion chasing Wands

Gursel Gulfer is confident that the scoreline will be a lot closer this time when Barkingside face Cray again in the Ryman North.

Side suffered a troublesome 4-0 reverse in the previous meeting between the teams just before Christmas.

But a lot has changed since then, with the Cricklefield Stadium club boosted by the arrival of several Dagenham & Redbridge academy players on work experience loans.

They will also be looking to bounce back after seeing a three-game unbeaten run halted by Heybridge Swifts in their last outing at the weekend.

And boss Gulfer has backed Barkingside to put that disappointment behind them with a win over the Wands this weekend.

“That game was never a 4-0 game and all of their goals came from disappointing mistakes by us,” he said.

“Mistakes aside, I thought we did well in that game so there is no reason why we can’t get something out of it.

“We’ve improved so much, even over the past month. I just wish I had the current squad at the start of the year.”

Despite sitting fourth in the table, Cray have hit a patchy bit of form on the road recently, with just two wins in their last six away games.

And Gulfer is confident Barkingside will make the most of their stuttering run as they look to draw within three points of safety.

“Cray aren’t in the best form on the road at the minute. I watched them win at home to Soham at the weekend, but I was not too impressed by them,” he added.

“There are seven games left for us to stay up and it’s not over until it’s over. We’ll keep fighting until the end and it’s still all to play for.”

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