Barkingside manager Walther has selection headache ahead of Enfield clash

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 October 2017

Barkingside manager Michael Walther  (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther believes he now has a bit of a selection headache ahead of their Essex Senior League clash with Enfield.

Side travel away to Enfield to face the league strugglers in a bid to remain in the top half of the table on Non-League Day (Saturday, 3pm).

“As a team and as a club we want competition for places,” said Walther.

“I think we now have 22 to 23 players who are all at a similar level. Now when someone decides to pull out of training or a game they might think twice as they may not get back in the side.”

Walther is under no illusions as to the challenge they face despite Enfield’s current league position.

“They’re a very tough team Enfield, I watched them against Ilford last week when they lost 4-2,” he added.

“To think they’re 19th in the table, it’s difficult to understand why they’re down there with the players they have in their team.

“For parts of the game against Ilford they played them off the pitch.

“They have beaten Stowmarket in the Vase and we got beat 4-0 by them, so we expect a tough game.”

The manager is pleased with his selection issues up front after bringing in two more strikers in the form of Tilbury under-23s player Charlie Little and Aaron Lesta, who both started in their 3-0 victory against Hackney Wick on Monday, when substitute Tony Cookey netted a hat-trick.

“There is no doubt Tony and Michael (Ogboin) have both got quality, but maybe sometimes they lack the consistency or motivation to be at that same level every week,” he said.

“They now have competition from the two new forwards, so they’ll need to be to earn their shirts.”

The boss understands things will take time as he continues to rebuild his squad, adding: “As a new side we know there is going to be up and down moments.

“We want to build a squad that works hard and is loyal to the club and we want players with the right attitude.

“The chairman said to me the other day we’ve only had these lads for eight weeks and when you think of it like that we’ve come a long way.”

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