Barkingside have ‘greater technical ability’ compared to last season

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 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 start term on the road, before hosting Sporting Bengal United on Monday

Barkingside boss Michael Walther believes he has assembled a squad with greater technical ability compared to last season’s team ahead of their Essex Senior League opener at Hullbridge Sports on Saturday.

In Walther’s first season at the helm, Side flirted with relegation before finishing in 16th place.

The Barkingside boss has been working hard over the summer to assemble a team he hopes will avoid being dragged into another battle to stay up over the course of the next few months.

Walther says he has specifically targeted players he feel will be good with the ball at their feet, believing that was a weakness for the Cricklefield Stadium club last term.

But the Side manager also admits that having recruited some younger players, it is a gamble that only time will decide if it pays off.

“I’m hoping the team this season will have greater technical ability than what we had last season,” he said.

“The players we had last season, you couldn’t fault their effort, but they just weren’t there technically which was a shame.

“What we’ve tried to do over the summer is recruit players who we feel have the ability to keep us in possession for longer.

“Some of those players we have brought in haven’t played at this level before, so it is a gamble, but we hope our judgement is right.”

Having brought in a host of new faces during the summer, Walther spent much of pre-season trying to blend his new team together.

And though results may not have been as good as he would have liked, the Barkingside manager is happy with how pre-season went for his team.

“We had a mix of results during pre-season, but for us it was all about getting the players from last season back out there and having a look at some face,” he added.

“From what I’ve seen so far, I think we’re a lot stronger in terms of the depth we have compared to last season and all of the players look capable of holding their own at this level.”

Barkingside are also in action on Monday when they play host to Sporting Bengal United.

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