Barkingside manager Michael Walther pleased his side are firing

PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 September 2017

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).


Barkingside manager Michael Walther pleased to see his men finally taking their chances after comfortably beating Hullbridge Sport 6-2.

Side fired six past their hosts Hullbridge, who scored twice themselves via Jimmy Cox and a Luca Frankis penalty, in the eight goal thriller and Walther was impressed.

“It’s nice to see the boys smashing some cracking goals on the weekend,” he said.

“We have felt in the previous few games we have had plenty of chances and we’ve needed to be more clinical.

“We were much better in front of goal and the score shows that.”

Barkingside got off to an early start and scored their opening two goals in the first ten minutes as Jason Fontaine opened the scoring in the second minute before Michael Ogboin doubled the lead five minutes later.

Hullbridge’s Cox pulled one back in the 28th minute before Fontaine added his second three minutes later.

Second half goals from Mattheus Santos, Michael Sherwood and Tony Cookey cemented the win that moves Barkingside up to seventh and Walther is delighted with his forwards production.

“We have got four forwards currently signed, three of them got on the score sheet and one of them has come in and is still getting fit.”

The boss is also pleased with the way his side played at back, despite conceding two goals in a dominant performance away from home.

“We conceded from a free-kick on the edge of the box, we set up a six man wall and tried to block the shot, but it creaked through,” Walther admitted.

“The second one was what we felt was a weak penalty.

“We’re not really getting caught in open play, so I’m not overly concerned with how we are defensively set up.

“We have a good goalkeeper and some good defenders in our squad.”

Walther also expects his side to make a few mistakes as they’re rebuilding with a young squad.

“We have a young side so there is going to be mistakes in games.”

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