Walther gutted as Barkingside suffer more bad luck in defeat to Stansted

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 15 October 2018

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

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

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Side lost 2-1 at home to high-flying Airportmen on Saturday

Michael Walther was left to rue Barkingside’s bad luck once more after a 2-1 defeat at home to Essex Senior League leaders Stansted.

Side fell behind in the 25th minute at Cricklefield Stadium when Connor Hammond scored from the spot for the Airportmen.

The visitors then had Jack Folan sent off in bizarre circumstances in the 32nd minute, before Walther’s men drew level through Warren Kayembe in the 74th minute.

Seemingly on course for a point, Barkingside suffered a huge slice of misfortune when Moses Carvalho put Stansted ahead in the 87th minute after his long-range shot went in after hitting a divot.

And manager Walther was disappointed to see the luck go against his team again after a good display against the high-flying Airportmen.

“We had a lot of new players in the team and I thought we were the better side, even if it was a close-fought match,” he said.

“Their first goal came from a penalty which was given after a clash of legs, while their second was a long-range effort that went in after hitting a divot.

“That just shows how much the luck is against us at the minute as I thought we played well.”

The result leaves Barkingside at the foot of the table and as the only team without a win in the division this term.

But that has not dented Walther’s work ethic, with the Side boss still determined as ever to turn things around.

“When things aren’t going well, a club can do one of two things: change the manager, or change the players,” he added.

“I’m sure there’s a large percentage of people saying ‘sack the manager’, but (Barkingside chairman) Jimmy Flanagan has been brilliant in giving me his backing.

“It’s down to me then to keep working hard in a difficult situation. It’s tough, but we have to keep going.”

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