Essex Senior League: Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer hopes ticket offer leads to big attendance at home to Clapton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 24 February 2017

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

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

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Side offering tickets for £5 tonight, while kids go free

Boss Gursel Gulfer hopes the experience of playing at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday night can help Barkingside overcome Clapton in the Essex Senior League, with a bumper crowd expected at Cricklefield tonight (Friday).

Side went down 7-1 away to Hamlet in the second round of the London Senior Cup on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 206 at Champion Hill.

Barkingside will hope for a similar attendance when they host Clapton in the league tonight, with the club offering cut-price tickets for the clash.

Tickets will cost just £5, with children gaining free entry, and Gulfer hopes it leads to a packed house at Cricklefield.

“We’re hoping for a good crowd and expecting at least a couple of hundred to turn up on Friday,” he said.

“There was a decent crowd at Dulwich on Tuesday night, not as many as we thought there would be, but it was good to play in front of that support.

“I can guarantee goals too as we seem to always concede two in the league! But it is a concern we are conceding so many.”

Gulfer has packed his squad in recent weeks with a number of players associated with National League title hopefuls Dagenham & Redbridge.

Side already have young striker Jakub Berkowicz on loan, but have also added Daggers defender Scott Mitchell on a temporary deal.

Former Daggers youngsters Kai Heather and Tyler McCarthy have also rejoined Barkingside and all four featured in a 3-2 league win at Haringey & Waltham on Saturday.

Gulfer also added plenty of Daggers players to his squad in the Ryman North last season, and he admits it is their desire that keeps attracting him.

“The Dagenham players are all hungry to progress in the game and they all want to become men on the football pitch,” he added.

If Barkingside are in need of a boost ahead of facing Clapton, who are currently second, they need only look at their trip to the Old Spotted Dog in November.

Side won 1-0, with the match also being the last time Gulfer’s men were able to keep a clean sheet.

But the Barkingside boss is keen to use a more recent game as evidence that his squad can do the double over Clapton tomorrow, adding: “If we play like we did for the first 60 minutes against Dulwich on Friday, then we will do well.”

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