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Barkingside’s Walther says he is still having to trial new forwards during league term

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 August 2018

Matt Caxton of Enfield during Barkingside vs Enfield 1893, Essex Senior League Football at Cricklefields Stadium on 18th August 2018

Matt Caxton of Enfield during Barkingside vs Enfield 1893, Essex Senior League Football at Cricklefields Stadium on 18th August 2018

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Side drew 0-0 at home to Enfield last Saturday

Barkingside boss Michael Walther admits he may use Monday’s game at home to Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League as a chance to look at some of his options in attack.

Side are yet to trouble the scorers in the league this term, seeing each of their three games in the division so far end in goalless draws.

It is clear the Cricklefield Stadium club have struggled for goals this term, though their cause was not helped by last seasons’s top scorer Roddy Lemba moving to Bostik North outfit Romford just before the start of the campaign.

That left Barkingside looking at replacements for Lemba once the season had started, something which Walther admits is not ideal, but says he may have to do it again against Manor.

“It’s a shame that we’re having to do it during the season rather than in pre-season, but that’s the situation we’re in,” he said.

“It was hard losing Roddy so close to the start of the season, but we have to find another goalscorer.

“Once we do that, I think we’re well set as a team because we’re showing we’re hard to beat.”

Barkingside’s most recent game in the league was last Saturday when they drew 0-0 at home to Enfield.

The result means Side have not conceded in the league in almost 300 minutes this term and Walther was again full of praise for his team’s defensive work.

“Everyone, from the back to the front, is working really hard defensively this season, which is pleasing,” he added.

“We don’t want to give teams a chance to play how they like and that is working for us at the minute.”

Against Southend on Monday, Barkingside come up against a Manor side who have also endured a stuttering start to the new term with just one win in three league games so far.

But Side boss Walther is still wary of the threat posed by Southend ahead of the match.

“It will be tough for us again on Monday against Southend and Adam Peek deserves credit for the job he’s done there,” he said.


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