Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer hopes Dulwich Hamlet are distracted by FA Trophy clash for London Senior Cup tie

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 February 2017

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

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

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Side visit Champion hill in second round tonight

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer hopes their hosts in the London Senior Cup, Dulwich Hamlet, are thinking more about their FA Trophy clash on Saturday than tonight’s clash.

Side of the Essex Senior League make the trip to Champion Hill looking to cause a shock against a Dulwich side who ply their try in the Ryman Premier.

Hamlet, however, also face National League outfit Macclesfield in the FA Trophy this weekend, and Gulfer hopes Side can take full advantage if Gavin Rose’s men are too focussed on that tie.

“Dulwich do have a big game in the FA Trophy at home to Macclesfield on Saturday, so I hope they rotate their squad a little,” said the Barkingside boss.

“Everyone wants to play against Dulwich, but the ones who played on Saturday did well and it’s unlikely I’ll change the squad much (Side beat Haringey & Waltham 3-2).

“It’s a game I’m really looking forward to and I’m sure the boys are as well and I expect they’ll raise their game to face Dulwich.”

Gulfer will be hoping the Cricklefield club can give a good account of themselves at Champion Hill and has told his squad to play without fear.

The Barkingside boss also believes the match will not be a physical as the rigours of the Essex Senior League.

And he hopes that leads to an exciting cup tie south of the river tonight, adding: “It won’t be a physical game and I’m sure it will be an entertaining game for those who are watching.

“We have some good players in our squad and definitely have players who have the ability to surprise Dulwich.

“First and foremost, though, I want the boys to enjoy the match tonight and know they can express themselves.”

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