Barkingside manager Michael Walther pleased with Burnham victory

PUBLISHED: 12:30 29 August 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 with 2-1 victory against Essex Senior League strugglers Burnham Ramblers.

Side struggled to find their way past the visitor’s goalkeeper Joshua Strizovic, but goals from Michael Ogboin and Tony Cookey bagged the hosts’ three points at Cricklefield Stadium last night.

Walther believes they could have been and need to be converting more of their chances.

“Happy with the result, the performance could have been better, but it wasn’t too bad,” Walther said.

“First-half we tried to get the ball in behind them, we played two up top and we could have been four or five in front really, we didn’t take our chances and they scored a goal from a free-kick and started to get more of the play in the midfield.”

At half-time the manager decided to make changes with the score at 1-1 and he believes it paid off.

“Second-half we thought we’d match them in midfield and then try to create opportunities from there.

“Again we created more chances, but when you’re missing goals from three yards and five yards out its madness.

“I think there was about seven or eight one on ones in the match.”

Walther praised the visitors fighting spirit as they battled on throughout the match in hope of nicking a result.

“They were making last minute blocks and they’ve got a good spirit,” he admitted.

“It also got to the point where we were only 2-1 up and it gets to the last couple minutes of the game and you can easily concede a penalty or a goal, but luckily we managed to ride it out.”

The manager also praised the way Ricardo Bailey and Tony Cookey linked up for the second goal, as Bailey made a run up the pitch going through a handful of the opposition, before picking out Cookey at the back post.

“It was tremendous, it was a great run he went through about four or five players and then put in a superb cross which was finished off by a great header.”

Barkingside will now be looking to make it two wins in a row as they face Hullbridge Sports on Saturday.

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