Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer happy with second half showing despite loss at Barking

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 October 2016

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

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

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Side manager feels team deserved more against Blues

Manager Gursel Gulfer believes Barkingside gave it their all in the second half against Barking, but came up short in a 3-1 defeat in the Essex Senior League.

Side fell behind after 30 minutes at Mayesbrook Park when Brad Ling’s cross floated into the net before James Peagram doubled the hosts’ lead in the 42nd minute.

The Cricklefield Stadium outfit conceded a third in stoppage time at the end of the second half as John Bricknell scored a penalty, but Ryan Bonju grabbed a late consolation for the visitors.

It was a result that saw Barkingside fall 10 points adrift of league leaders Barking, but Gulfer was content with his team’s display.

“We started well and had a couple of chances, but it wasn’t your typical top of the table clash in that it wasn’t feisty,” said Gulfer.

“Their first two goals were bad ones to concede, but we made a few changes at half time and were all over them in the second half.

“On reflection, it was another game in which we huffed and puffed, but could not get something out of it.”

It was the second time this week that Barkingside had dropped points following a disappointing 1-1 draw with West Essex on Saturday.

Side had to battle back in that game after conceding in the first half, with David Laird levelling from the spot in the 70th minute.

But again, even after not getting the win, Gulfer was pleased with how his players fared.

“It was a very difficult result to take, but I can’t blame the players for their efforts against West Essex,” he added.

“We could have been a few down at half-time, but Sam Roach was brilliant in goal.

“We made a couple of changes at the break, came into it a lot more and perhaps should have won, so it was frustrating.”

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