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Walther labels Barkingside’s trip to Stanway as a game they must not lose

PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 September 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 1-0 at Sawbridgeworth Town on Tuesday night

Michael Walther has labelled Barkingside’s trip to Stanway Rovers in the Essex Senior League on Saturday as a game they must not lose.

Side are yet to triumph in eight league matches this term, but sit level on points with Rovers in the standings.

And with that in mind, Barkingside boss Walther says it is imperative his team take at least a point from this weekend’s visit to The Hawthorns.

“It’s a massive game for us because of where we both are in the table and that Stanway have three games in hand over us,” he said.

“When you look at it like that, the game is one we must not lose as a minimum. We’ll continue to take things one game at a time and not put our focus too far ahead.”

Barkingside face Stanway off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Sawbridgeworth Town on Tuesday, which followed a 3-0 loss at home to Clapton last Friday.

Despite struggling for wins early on in the season, Side boss Jimmy Flanaghan has publicly backed Walther, who also received praised from Tons boss Jonny Fowell this week.

And Walther took time to explain the situation he is under at the Cricklefield Stadium.

“There are teams in this division, and the division below, with budgets that allow them to get players who have played at a higher level,” he added.

“At Barkingside, we have no budget so we have to bring in youngsters or players who ask us for a trial because they want a chance to show us what they have.

“When you’re making a team up from that, you have to coach them and gel them together which does take time.

“People might look at the table, see us near the bottom and be surprised because we were in the Bostik North not too long ago, but it’s hard when you have no budget.

“The team is gelling and we are looking stronger with every game, and if we’d have had these players in during pre-season then that would have helped.

“Unless the board bring in a manager willing to invest his own money to boost the budget, Barkingside will have to continue to find players this way.”

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