Barkingside have Scarlet fever

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 October 2015

Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer looks on at Cricklefield Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Gus Gulfer looks on at Cricklefield Stadium (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Side manager Gulfer hopes new striker maintains lethal start

Boss Gursel Gulfer is surprised by how quickly Barkingside strikers Luke With and Tyrone Scarlet have formed a potent bond up top.

Both players scored braces for Side in their midweek 4-1 win at Great Wakering Rovers in the Ryman North.

Scarlet only moved to Cricklefield Stadium last month as a replacement for Junior Ogedi-Uzoke who is undergoing a trial in Portugal.

The former Romford man has four goals in his last two games, having also struck a brace in last weekend’s 3-2 league defeat at Witham Town.

It’s been a dream start to Scarlet’s Barkingside career and Gulfer hopes his his partnership alongside With continues to blossom.

“When I signed Tyrone, I wanted to ease him in as I still had Junior at the club,” said Gulfer (pictured).

“I gave him his first start at Cheshunt and he scored. Now he’s scored braces in consecutive games, which is brilliant.

“With him and Luke, one is a lot taller than the other so it’s good to have contrasting style of play.

“Luke is brilliant in the air and worries a lot of defences. It’s his first time in the Ryman Leagues so he’s taken time to get used to it.”

Barkingside will be without the battling With for their trip to AFC Sudbury this weekend as the striker is suspended.

And Gulfer admits that may force him to alter his tactics as he looks for consecutive wins for the first time this season.

“We might have to change our formation because I don’t have any more strikers I can use,” he added.

Suds are currently living up to expectations of a promotion push, currently lying seventh, but Gulfer is not scared by their position.

“Sudbury might be high up in the table, but I’m not too worried about that. I’ll be telling my team before the game they’re better.

“Sudbury are a good team, but we’re at home and have only lost once in our last four games which is good.

“If you look at our results, a lot of the games we have lost have been by the odd goal. We should probably have 12 more points, but we are grafting for results.”

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