Essex Senior League: Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer desperate to shut out Takeley forward Charlie Cole

PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 November 2016

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side manager hopeful of a first away win in four at Station Road

Boss Gursel Gulfer is confident Barkingside can deal with the threat of Charlie Cole when they visit Takeley in the Essex Senior League tonight.

Side are chasing a first away win in the division for four matches, but know to achieve that they will have to keep Cole, who has 16 goals in all competitions this season, quiet.

Gulfer, though, has backed the Cricklefields Stadium club to achieve that and has full faith in his team to get their desired result.

“Charlie Cole is a good player and Takeley are not a bad side, but the focus is on us. If I started worry about the opposition, we might not start in as good a place,” said Gulfer.

“I have belief in my squad to go out and give a good performance and those who are given a chance will stake their claim for a starting berth, I expect a good game.

Both Barkingside and Takeley head into the match in stuttering form, with Side collecting just 8 points from their last eight games, while over the same run their hosts tonight have won just twice.

But Gulfer believes both teams’ runs of form are indicative of how competitive the Essex Senior League is this season.

“Every team in this league is struggling for a bit of form apart from Barking, and that’s because they’ve been fortunate with injuries and suspensions. There are some good sides in this division,” he added.

Barkingside head into tonight’s match off the back of 1-0 friendly win at Broxbourne Borough on Saturday courtesy of a last-minute goal from Charlie Portway.

But Gulfer revealed Side had a far from ideal preparation for that clash.

“I had 18 players pencilled in and only nine turned up, so I had to go to their manager before the game and ask for two players,” admitted Gulfer.

“All things considered, we did very well and there were one or two trialists who definitely impressed me.”

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