Barkingside face a crucial period

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 February 2016

Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Side boss Gulfer knows time is running out to avoid relegation

Gursel Gulfer believes it is getting close to do-or-die time if his Barkingside team want to stay in the Ryman North.

Side currently prop up the standings and are seven points adrift of safety ahead of hosting Witham Town on Saturday.

The fixture presents the Cricklefield Stadium outfit with another chance to end their winless run which dates back to October.

Barkingside’s latest disappointment came at home to fellow strugglers Waltham Abbey as they went down 4-2.

With just 11 league matches remaining in their bid to beat the drop, Gulfer knows he must find a winning formula quickly as he looks to end their barren run.

“I’m starting to run out of space on my drawing board!” said Gulfer. “Whatever it is at the minute, things don’t seem to be working.

“We know there is still every chance for us to stay up, but we also know we are running out of time for that to happen.

“Saturday is another six-pointer and they all are now, but we can’t seem to get a win for love nor money.

“Training is going well, but it’s not working for us on the pitch. It’s like once match time approaches we become a different team.”

Opposite Gulfer in the dugouts at Cricklefield Stadium this weekend will be former Doncaster Rovers and Gillingham defender Garry Kimble.

The 48-year-old has been in charge of the Town since 2011, but was unable to stave off relegation from the Ryman Premier last season.

But Gulfer is looking forward to welcoming an old friend to his home stadium even though both teams are in desperate need of points.

“I know the Kimble brothers well (Garry’s twin Alan managed Gulfer’s son Matt at Maldon), but Witham are struggling themselves,” added Gulfer.

“But we need to find a win from somewhere. We need five wins from our remaining games which at the minute looks hard and I need the players to step up.”

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