Barkingside boss Walther anticipates difficult FA Cup tie
PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 August 2018
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Side have started new Essex Senior League season with goalless draws against Sporting Bengal United and Hullbridge Sports
Barkingside boss Michael Walther is expecting a tough test in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday when his team host Essex Senior League rivals Leyton Athletic.
Just two games into the new season, Side take a break from their league campaign and turn their attentions to knockout football.
The victors of ties in the extra preliminary round stand to pocket £2,250 in prize money and with so much at stake, it should come as little surprise that Walther scouted the opposition.
The Barkingside boss watched Leyton lose 4-1 at Woodford Town in the league last week, but knows Athletic will still pose a threat this weekend
“I saw their game at Woodford Town last Friday and though they were played off the pitch, we have to remember Woodford will be strong this year,” he said.
“We can’t be complacent just because Leyton didn’t play as well as they would have liked in their first game of the season.
“We know they will be a tough team to beat, but I’m confident as long as we can show a little more in the attacking areas.”
Walther is only too right to suggest Barkingside could offer more going forward after failing to register a goal in their opening two games of the new term.
Side have seen each of their first two games, at home to Sporting Bengal United on Monday night and at Hullbridge Sports last Saturday, end in goalless draws.
Walther acknowledges his side must do better in the final third, though did admit their plans for the new term suffered a blow just before the start of the season.
“A big factor for us in not scoring so far is that Roddy Lemba, who ended last season strongly, hasn’t been with us for the start of the new campaign,” he added.
“When you lose a player of that quality so close to the start of the season, it’s always going to be tough.”
Walther did, however, admit pride in seeing his team begin the new term with consecutive clean sheets.
“We’re not an easy side to create chances against and everyone is putting their body on the line,” he added.
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