Barkingside should have won, insists Gulfer

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 February 2016

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side manager says team were better side in Soham Town draw

Action from the Ryman North clash between Barkingside and Soham Town Rangers (pic: Tim Edwards)Action from the Ryman North clash between Barkingside and Soham Town Rangers (pic: Tim Edwards)

Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer believes his team would have been good value for three points had they found a late winner in their 1-1 draw at Ryman North rivals Soham Town Rangers.

Side fell behind in the 64th minute to a strike from Salim Relanzi before Michael Spencer levelled things up 10 minutes later to earn a draw for the visitors.

But Gulfer feels the scoreline didn’t tell the full story with Barkingside in control for vast swathes and says no one could complain if Barkingside had gone on to win.

“I thought we probably deserved a win from the game, we played well and it shows were heading in the right direction,” said Gulfer.

“We were done at a set piece, but after Michael equalised he had chances to score the winner and there were a few other balls that flashed across the box too.”

With their relegation rivals at the foot of the table slipping up, the draw saw Side move to within three points of Waltham Abbey, who represent safety.

It was also the first time since December 12 that Barkingside earned something at home, with their last point coming from a goalless stalemate against Brightlingsea Regent.

And Gulfer hopes that leads to new found momentum as the Cricklefield Stadium club look to preserve their place in the division for another season.

“There are a lot of positives to take for us. There are 13 games left and I think we need to win at least six of those to survive,” he added.

“We seem to be slowly organising ourselves and we look like a team now, something I don’t think I could have said at the start of the season. Hopefully we’ve turned a corner.”

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