Barkingside playing ‘well’ but shipping too many goals

PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 October 2015

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Cricklefield boss frustrated with 3-2 loss at Witham Town but hopes for better at Great Wakering Rovers

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer has branded his side’s defending as ‘naïve’ again after they were narrowly beaten 3-2 away to fellow strugglers Witham Town at the weekend in the Ryman North.

The defeat now makes it five games without a win for the Cricklefield outfit, having conceded late equalisers in their two previous league fixtures against Cheshunt and Maldon & Tiptree.

Gulfer was left unimpressed by the display, he said: “Over the pass few games, that was our worst performance by far.”

The match swung back and fourth at Spa Road, as Tyrone Scarlett opened the scoring for Side before goals from John Watson and Scott Kemp gave Witham a half time lead.

A further Scarlett effort levelled the scores after the break shortly before Kemp secured the victory for the hosts with his second of the afternoon.

Gulfer believes that the team’s inability to preserve a lead is down to a lack of focus in defence.

“We scored early against the run of play but we’ve been naïve really, shipping lots of goals,” said the Barkingside manager.

“It’s a shame because we’re playing so well but the concentration just isn’t there. So we’ve gone in 2-1 down at half time. We tried towards the end of the game but to no avail.”

And when asked if there was a particular area in need of strengthening, he added: “Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe was away on trials at the weekend.

“That was a miss but we’ve got players who can play in various positions so nothing like that.”

Barkingside travel to 16th placed Great Wakering Rovers tomorrow (Tuesday) night, who are without a league win in seven matches.

Gulfer hopes that his side’s positive performances of late can be converted into a much needed win.

“I cannot believe we’re fourth from bottom, we’re playing so well,” said the Side boss.

“They’re not doing too well at the moment so we’re just going to go there, try to bring our A-game and get something out of the game.”

Barkingside’s game against Great Wakering Rover at Burroughs Park kicks off at 7:45pm.

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