Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer calls for greater consistency ahead of facing Southend Manor

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 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 boss disappointed with up and down results in recent weeks

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer wants his squad to start showing some consistency ahead of making the trip to Southend Manor on Saturday.

Side were beaten 5-1 away at Sawbridgeworth Town last time out, having won their previous two before that clash.

Those results continued an up-and-down run for Side, and Gulfer (far right) knows the squad must start putting a good run of form together sooner rather than later.

“Sawbridgeworth was a very frustrating display because I know we could have done so much better, but I never know if my team will turn up or not,” he said.

“Every manager in this league is looking for consistency, but the boys have let me down in recent weeks, so there will be changes for Saturday.

“The players have to worry about themselves and their displays, but if they can’t carry out a game-plan, it’s a worry.”

Manor are currently riding high in the Essex Senior League and start Saturday’s match five points adrift of leaders Barking.

But Gulfer is not concerned by the lofty position of Side’s hosts, noting that his team had a good result against Manor when the sides last met at Cricklefield Stadium.

“We beat Southend Manor 4-0 earlier in the season and that was our best display so far, so let’s hope there is no repeat of last Saturday,” he added.

Gulfer will also hope for his strikers to add to their rather low tally this season, with David Laird and Luke With sharing top billing despite each netting just five goals so far this season.

“Everyone is looking for a goalscorer, but sometimes that is not enough,” added Gulfer.

“If we had kept hold of Charlie Portway until the end of the season, he could have gone on to get 30 goals for us, but he was not our player and Romford have loaned him out now to Saffron Walden Town.”

Barkingside were due to host Basildon United in the league on Monday, but a waterlogged pitch at Cricklefield Stadium saw the match postponed.

The two sides do meet next Tuesday, though, with Side making the trip to the Bees in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.

But first, Gulfer must plot a route past Southend Manor as he looks for Barkingside to show some consistency.

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