Barkingside target change in fortune against fellow league strugglers

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 October 2018

Barkingside boss Michael Walther (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside boss Michael Walther (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Michael Walther’s team visit Leyton Athletic on Saturday before travelling to Tower Hamlets on Monday

Barkingside will be eager to claim a first win of the season over the next few days when they play two fellow Essex Senior League strugglers.

The Cricklefield club are the only side in the division not to pick up a league victory, but they will hope for a change in fortunes this next week.

Michael Walther’s young side are bottom with three points from nine matches, but on Saturday they visit Leyton Athletic, who are only two spots above them.

It will be the third meeting of the campaign between the local sides after they faced off in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

After a goalless draw in the first clash at Cricklefield on August 11, Leyton Athletic won the replay 3-0 four days later at Wadham Lodge.

Side will look for revenge on Saturday and a slight boost for Walther’s team is the fact opponents Athletic recently lost their manager.

Last weekend, confirmation of Jason Ngandu’s switch to Premier League new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers was confirmed.

Barkingside will now aim to add to Athletic’s problems by clinching a much-needed first win of the term.

After making the short trip to Wadham Lodge, Side will be on the road again on Monday (October 8) as they take on Tower Hamlets.

Hamlets earned their first triumph of the season last weekend, but are only one spot above Barkingside and have five points from seven league fixtures.

When the clubs do battle at the Mile End Stadium, there will be plenty of familiarity between the two manager benches as coach Francesco Zabotti departed Side recently to join Tower Hamlets.

AJ Ashanike, player-boss at Hamlets, said: “Massive thanks to Francesco Zabotti for coming back to the club and setting the boys up well on Saturday.

“Thank you to Barkingside too for allowing him to leave on short notice.”

Side suffered frustration last weekend as they lost 4-1 away to Stanway Rovers, who were below them ahead of kick-off at the Hawthorns.

Jacob Dingli netted in the first half for Barkingside, but they lost a sixth league game of the season to fall to the bottom of the table.

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