Essex Senior League: Barkingside boss Michael Walther happy with squad ahead of Tower Hamlets game

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 April 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther is happy with his squad ahead of their clash with Tower Hamlets this weekend.

Side welcome AJ Ashanike’s men to Cricklefield Stadium for a Friday night fixture under the lights (7.45pm) as they continue their quest to avoid relegation from the Essex Senior League.

The club announced the appointment of Kevin Lucas who will join Ray Bartlett as assistant manager for the rest of the campaign.

They also signed a handful of players including Rob Hodgson, Lewis Riches, Alex Akanbi, Glory Nsamu, Kirk McPherson and Khadean Campbell.

“We’ve been trying to build a team all season and we don’t make massive changes with players we just bring a few in and try to work with what we’ve got,” Walther said.

“We’re happy with what we’ve got and to think with the squad we’ve only got one player we don’t want then we expect like we was against Stansted to come out on the positive side of results.”

Walther is confident his squad have what it takes with six matches left this season.

“We’re certainly capable of winning the games we have coming up.

“There is no reason for us to go in thinking we haven’t got a team capable enough of winning and it’s about us sending the boys out without any pressure and just getting them to put on a performance.”

The former Clapton boss is expecting a good crowd on Friday and he also went on to praise their opponents.

“It should be a good atmosphere, it’s an even game between the two teams and it’s a game what we’re capable of winning.

“When we played them at their place, they were very direct, which tends to happen when they’ve got Luke With up front – he is like a Peter Crouch type player.

“The funny thing is Luke doesn’t really want the ball in the air, he likes it to his feet, but they were very direct and I think they’re one of them teams that sometimes they’re excellent and other times if they lose their discipline it falls apart.

“For them to be on 47 points having played 32 games is a fantastic season for them in AJ’s first year.”

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