Barkingside boss pleased with progress ahead of Enfield clash

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 August 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Side manager feels his team is in a better place compared to this time last season

Barkingside boss Michael Walther feels his team are in a better position compared to this time last season ahead of hosting Enfield in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Side remain on the lookout for their first league win of the season, having held both Hullbridge Sports and Sporting Bengal United to goalless draws so far this term.

The Es are also without a win so far this term, but will be boosted by the addition of former England international Neil Ruddock to their coaching staff earlier this week.

Ruddock, known as Razor during his playing days, is sure to make Enfield tighter at the back and Walther knows it will be a tough test for Barkingside.

But the Side boss has every confidence his team have enough about them to earn a first league win of the season.

“Enfield will be a tough team to break down and they’re similar to us in that they haven’t got the results they would have wanted in the league so far,” he said.

“They have the ability to do well this season, but hopefully we can get the first goal on Saturday.

“I know we’re strong at the back, but I feel we’re still learning about potential partnerships from the midfield forward.

“That said, I still think we have a stronger squad compared to this time last season.”

With side yet to trouble the scorers in the league so far this season, Walther has added to his options in attack.

Bobby Sears, the brother of former West Ham United striker Freddie, has joined Side to bolster their attack.

And Walther is confident the young forward will be a useful addition to his Barkingside team.

“Bobby has come in and is showing really good potential in training, which is pleasing,” he added.

While they go in search of their first league goal of the season, Barkingside will hope they are not breached for the first time in the league this term.

Side recorded clean sheets against both Hullbridge and Bengal, and Walther is hoping for more of the same on Saturday.

“Every clean sheet we get this season breeds more confidence in the team,” he said.

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