Walther believes weekend off could help new Barkingside players settle in with club
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 August 2018
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Side blew two-goal lead in league defeat at home to Southend Manor on Monday night
Barkingside boss Michael Walther believes not playing in the Essex Senior League this weekend will prove beneficial in the long run.
Side are without a league game on Saturday and are next in action at Wivenhoe Town of the Thurlow Nunn Division One South in the Essex Senior Cup first round on Tuesday night.
The Cricklefield Stadium club were last in action on Monday night as they lost 3-2 at home to Southend Manor in the league.
It means they will head into the cup clash following an eight-day break between games, but Walther believes the gap in the fixture list will help Barkingside.
“The gap between games might help us as it gives us a chance to bed some of the new players in,” he said.
“It allows us to get another training session in, so it could prove to be a bit of a blessing.”
Against Southend Manor on Monday, Barkingside blew a two-goal lead as their winless start to the new league season reached four matches.
Goals from Bobby Sears and Mark Frostick had put Side in control, before Manor hit back in the second half to triumph.
It was the first time this term the Cricklefield Stadium club had conceded in the league, but Walther attributes that to being without a key defender.
“We were without Danny Laurent for the game against Southend Manor and he also missed our defeat to Leyton Athletic in the FA Cup, so it shows we miss him when he doesn’t play,” he added.
“Danny shuts down space and is an old-school type of centre-back who always puts his body on the line.”
Side did, however, net for the first time in the league this season and Walther was pleased both Sears and Frostick finally got off the mark for the season, but knows there is still work to do.
“Both Bobby and Mark looked dangerous in the first half. We’ve had to change the system to get two in up top and it works for 45 minutes currently, but not for 90,” he admitted.
“That’s something we’re still working on, both in training and in bringing other players in.
“We have good options in Bobby, Mark and Jacob Dingli, but it’s about adding to it now.”
Walther will hope his forwards can get among the goals again on Tuesday at Wivenhoe in the cup.