Barkingside give Gulfer fresh hope

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 February 2016

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

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

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Side boss wants more success at Tilbury after ending dreadful run

Gursel Gulfer has backed Michael Spencer to fire Barkingside to a second straight win in the Ryman North at Tilbury.

Side ended a run of 17 games without a win with a 3-2 home success over Witham Town on Saturday.

Spencer had a huge role to play in that triumph, scoring twice in the final 24 minutes as Barkingside came from behind to win.

And with forwards Luke With and Calvin Poku set to miss this weekend’s trip to Chadfields, Gulfer hopes for more of the same.

“Michael had five chances to score against Witham, but he was able to take two of them which is fine by me,” said Gulfer.

“He is one of those players who seems to just pop up from nowhere and have a big impact.

“Michael finds the gaps that defenders don’t expect him to find and he’s very good at what he does.

“We’ve lost Calvin to injury and Luke is not around this weekend, so the likes of Michael need to step up.”

Gulfer will be wishing his Side squad make the most of their chances against a Tilbury squad that has been woefully out of form in recent weeks.

The Dockers’ last success in the league came away to Side on January 23 as they left Cricklefield Stadium as 3-0 winners.

Since then, Tilbury have yet to win another game — a run of eight games with the last six all ending in defeats.

But with Barkingside having only just ended a dreadful run of their own, Gulfer is in no mood to be charitable this weekend.

“Tilbury have been a bit unlucky with injuries recently and that hasn’t helped them at all,” added Gulfer.

“After being on such a bad run, Tilbury will be low on confidence and we must take full advantage of that this weekend.

“Anything we do get from the game, we’ll take it as a bonus, but we know we have to start putting pressure on the teams around us.”

More goals from Spencer would be a good way for Side to ensure they keep momentum in their battle to beat the drop.

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