Walther disappointed as Barkingside's struggles in final third continue

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 September 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side suffered a 1-0 loss at Robins on Tuesday night

Barkingside manager Michael Walther believes his team deserved at least a draw after losing 1-0 at Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League on Tuesday.

Side’s wait for a first league win of the season goes on following the defeat away to the Robins.

Barkingside boss Walther, though, was keen to take the positives from the defeat and felt his team did well, but were again let down by their play in the final third.

“We played some good football and I felt we deserved at least a point against Sawbridgeworth,” said Walther.

“Again, we showed a lack of experience at times and we took too much time in making a decision in the final third.

“When you take too long on the ball and don’t take the shot or pass, the chance goes and that’s what happened. We had a lot of the ball in the final third, but struggled to make something happen.”

The defeat at Sawbridgeworth for Barkingside followed a 3-0 loss at home to Clapton in the league on Friday night.

Ryan Reed netted twice for Tons in the success, with Jay Morris also netting to send Side crashing to defeat.

The Cricklefield Stadium club also had Mark Frostick dismissed, but Walther had praise for Clapton after their success.

“People might disagree, but I think Clapton are one of the best teams in the division,” said Walther.

“Their team has been together a long time, so they know all know how they play and what the next part of the move is and their managed well by Jonny Fowell.

“We let in a soft goal just before half-time, when if we went goalless we would have been happy as we had more chances.

“Clapton started the second half really well and scored two quick goals, so by then the game was done. Once we had a man sent off, it was about keeping the score down.”

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