Better Barkingside encourage Gulfer
PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 February 2016
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Side boss believes improved results are not far away ahead of Soham Town match
Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer hopes his team’s luck changes when they welcome Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, writes Ned Keating.
Side have not won since the end of October, a run of 14 games in the league that has seen them drop to the bottom of the Ryman North table.
But Gulfer believes while the results may not have shown it, displays have been better recently and he hopes that leads to a home win.
“Touch wood that this weekend is finally when it all comes together and we win,” said Gulfer.
“We’ve had decent displays in recent weeks, but we haven’t got what I feel we deserve from them. We need to make sure we switch on and do our jobs properly, but I’m still optimisitic about our chances.”
Barkingside lost the earlier game between the sides this season, going down 1-0 at Julius Martin Lane.
Gulfer insists that was another match from which Side warranted more and claimed nothing scares him about facing Rangers.
He said: “It was another game we should have won. They played five at the back at home, they were scared of us and didn’t impress me.
“There’s not a lot between teams in this league, it’s just a bit of quality up front that the bigger teams with the bigger budgets have.
“Training is going well. We’re more organised now, but we need every one to be on their game. We are where we are and we know that.”
If Barkingside are to end their rotten run on Saturday, Gulfer will be hoping that keeper Darren Behcet has a quieter game.
Side have the second worst defensive record in the league with 76 goals conceded, still someway behind Redbridge (101).
After Saturday’s 3-0 loss at Maldon, Barkingside have conceded 10 in their last five games and scored just twice.
And Gulfer admits it has been tough at times to keep Behcet’s confidence up, but knows it’s important to do so to beat the drop, adding: “I feel sorry for Darren because he’s a good keeper, but he’s had so many defenders in front of him.
“I always try to make sure I keep his chin up, but I also do that with everyone. I never shout, I always encourage them,”
Barkingside have revealed new ticket prices for their final eight home games of the season.
Adult tickets now cost £6, or two for £9, and £4 for concessions, while kids still go free.
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