Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer feels well prepared for first game of double header with London Bari

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 September 2016

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

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

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Side face two games against Bari in league and cup over next week

Boss Gursel Gulfer is readying his Barkingside squad to face Essex Senior League rivals London Bari twice over the next two weekends.

Side tackle Bari in the league this weekend, before the two sides meet again in the FA Vase second qualifying round a week later, with both games taking place at the Old Spotted Dog.

And Gulfer is fully aware of the task that will face the Cricklefield Stadium club if they are to win both matches.

“It will be two Saturdays in a row that we face, and they will both be tough matches,” admitted Gulfer.

“We know many players that they have, through both myself and my squad and staff who have been with them at other clubs.”

Sandwiched in between the Bari double-header is a return league fixture at home to landlord Ilford, who beat Side on the opening day, but Gulfer insists his squad are out for more than revenge.

“We’re looking to beat them and hopefully there will not be any repeat of what happened on the first day of the season,” he added.

“It will be a tough game, but the break they had earlier this month will have not been good for them “

Barkingside will hope to rebound this weekend, having been beaten 2-0 by Wadham Lodge on Wednesday.

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