Barkingside chief wants to improve
PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 September 2015
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Side hope to build some momentum despite difficult fixtures ahead
After recording their first win of the Ryman North season on Tuesday, Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is hoping his team can continue improving despite facing two tough tests over the next few days.
Side won 3-2 at Coles Park against Haringey Borough with goals from Alfie Wren, Luke With and George Lutaaya, which moved them out of the bottom three.
They visit Hornchurch on Saturday, before welcoming Great Wakering Rovers to Cricklefield on Monday and both will be tough matches, but Gulfer is hoping his side can try and pick up more points over the next week.
He said: “It will be a tough game against Hornchurch and they beat us 9-0 in the Ryman League Cup, but I did put a load of trialists out in that fixture so we will give a much better account of ourselves.
“We also have Great Wakering on Monday so two tough games and if we can get three points or two from those games I’ll be happy.”
Gulfer knows Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane very well and is looking forward to going up against his team this weekend.
But he does accept it will be an extremely difficult encounter and that Monday’s fixture with Rovers is the game that Side are more likely to be successful in.
“Me and Jim go back a long way and I am sure we will be talking after Saturday as well,” added Gulfer.
“They are a strong side and one of the favourites for the title so it will be a tough match for us.
“I will target the Great Wakering game more so than the Hornchurch fixture, but we will still go to Hornchurch looking to get the win.
“I tell you if we can win on Saturday and Monday I will be delighted, that would put us mid-table and I would be so happy.”
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