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Barkingside’s Walther ‘will have to make changes’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 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).

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Despite making it two wins from two at the weekend in the Essex Senior League, Barkingside boss Michael Walther admits he will need to make changes tonight as they face another unbeaten side in the shape of West Essex.

‘Side bounced back from their 4-0 FA Cup loss with a 1-0 win over Stansted at the weekend thanks to Michael Ogboin’s second-half effort which ensured Walther picked up his first home win as boss.

The Cricklefield Stadium chief was pleased with aspects of their play, as he saw his side pick up a clean sheet, but knows there is more to come from his charges.

“Being a new manager it is always nice to start off with a couple of wins in the league,” said Walther.

“The performance was a bit patchy and there were moments where it was really good football-wise, but equally there were some not so great moments.

“We missed one chance from close range early on when we put it straight into the arms of the goalkeeper. That was in the first half and had we scored maybe we would have won by a couple more goals.

“We got a bit tight with half an hour to go with it still being goalless, but I made all three substitutes at the same time to bring some freshness to it and not long after that we took the lead.”

He added: “I’m always worried at this time of year about the fitness as the boys are never as fit as you want them to be but we have an experienced side in several positions and those players have brought us through the game with the clean sheet.

“While we can keep defending like that it keeps us in a good position.”

Walther left some players out of the game on Saturday with tonight in mind and knows his side will be tested by the unbeaten visitors to Cricklefield tonight.

“We left out some boys on Saturday and will bring them back tonight and some only played 60 minutes on Saturday, thinking of today. It’s the first time I have done it with games being so close,” he added.

“I am sure there will be some tired legs tonight. I haven’t seen this season, but last time around they were a good side who knocked the ball around well and they have a boy up front who scores some goals.

“From our point of view tonight we have to patient and defensively solid and then take our chances when they come.”

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