Barkingside boss Walther admits Bengal were better side in draw

PUBLISHED: 18:00 07 August 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Side played out goalless draw with Sporting at Cricklefield Stadium on Monday night

Barkingside manager Michael Walther praised his side’s resilience after holding Sporting Bengal United to a goalless draw in the Essex Senior League on Monday.

Side welcomed Bengal to Cricklefield Stadium, looking for a win in their first home league game of the new term.

However, United the better chances and Walther’s men had a strong rearguard display to thank for their point.

The Barkingside boss admits that Sporting were the better side, but was happy to see his team hold out for a draw.

“The Bengal squad has been together for around a season, whereas we’re still quite new, so they were always going to be a little better in possession than us,” said Walther.

“We had to be resilient to prevent them from getting a goal, and thankfully we were.”

The stalemate with Bengal means Barkingside have started the new league term with two goalless draws, having earned the same result at Hullbridge Sports on Saturday.

And while Walther was content with the point collected at Sports, he knows it could have been even better for Side.

“We had chances to win against Hullbridge and we missed two open goals,” he added.

“We were better in possession in the first half, but they were better with the ball in the second half.

“Missing those two open goals, we know we could have won, but we Hullbridge will be a team challenging near the top this term so we were happy to take a point.”

“What pleased me most was our attitude. We’re a new team, but it was great to see everyone fighting for each other so early in the season.”

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