Gulfer gutted with Barkingside loss
PUBLISHED: 14:30 15 March 2016
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Side boss says team’s second half showing warranted at least a point at Heybridge
Manager Gursel Gulfer was devastated his Barkingside team were not able to capitalise on a good second half showing as they lost 1-0 away to Ryman North relegation rivals Heybridge Swifts.
The visitors started slowly, conceding an early penalty which was saved by keeper Tyler McCarthy before Lewis Godbold struck for the hosts on the stroke of half time with the game’s only goal.
Try as they might, Side were unable to find a goal which would have put them back in contention, but instead are now six points adrift of safety as a result of the loss.
And Gulfer believes it was their sluggish opening that proved to be the downfall of Barkingside, who lost for the first time in three matches.
“We started poorly which resulted in us conceding a penalty inside the opening 10 minutes. For whatever reason, we seem to be starting slowly in recent weeks,” said Gulfer.
“Second half, it was all us, but we just couldn’t find the goal that we needed to get back into the game and get something out of it.”
Gulfer has entrusted the young McCarthy, who is currently on a work experience loan from Dagenham & Redbridge, with the goalkeeper’s jersey in recent weeks, and the teenager has taken his chance well.
McCarthy pulled off an impressive save to keep out the hosts’ early penalty before other good stops throughout the game to keep Side in touch.
And Gulfer has been pleased with the stopper’s impact, as well as that of other young Daggers who he has had on loan in the past month.
“I’ve been tremendously impressed with Tyler in the past few games. Like all of the young Dagenham players we’ve had, they’ve reinvigorated the team which is great to see,”
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