Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer happy squad fight until the end to beat West Essex

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 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 boss praises team after late winner to beat Essex Senior League new boys

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer was pleased his side were not left to rue what might have been after snatching a late win at West Essex in the Essex Senior League.

Side took the lead at Mayesbrook Park in the 34th minute through Luke With, who is set to miss their next two league matches because of a suspension.

The hosts, though, hit back in the 80th minute and looked to be on course for a share of the spoils.

But with less than two minutes of normal time remaining, Leon Smith popped up to snatch a late winner for Side.

And Gulfer believes that was no less than his side deserved, having controlled the match for large portions in his view.

“We dominated the game from the start, but there was one lapse late on which almost cost us,” said the Side boss.

“The amount of chances we had was ridiculous, but we are getting better with each game, which is good to see.”

It was testament to Barking’s character that they continued to work right until the end in search of a winner, even after conceding an equaliser late on.

And Gulfer was happy to see his side respond well to conceding as they picked up a first league win on the road this year.

“We perservered right until the end of the game and I thought we were deserving of the victory,” he added.

“We’re looking quite comfortable in fifth now and it has been a good start overall for us, I’m happy with how we’ve begun.”

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