Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer positive about current table ahead of Southend Manor and Redbridge matches
PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 October 2016
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Cricklefield club have not been given easiest start to the new campaign, although it may turn out to be a positive come April
Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer believes the Essex Senior League fixture list hasn’t been too kind to his team, but feels it may be beneficial in the long run.
Side registered an impressive 3-1 victory at Waltham Forest on Saturday – their first win since September 17.
It has boosted spirits at the Cricklefield club and Gulfer is now looking positively at the table despite Barking being leaders with 34 points from their 13 games so far this season.
“I said if we are in the top four by Christmas then we can go up so let’s see if we can achieve that,” said the Side boss.
“We can lose 10 games and still get promotion this season I think because it is a really tight division.
“Barking are top right now and have the initiative and they have done well so I won’t take anything away from them, but there’s a long way to go.
“We have played them twice already and Ilford twice and now Waltham Forest twice this season so that’s good.
“Looking at it, our run after Christmas should be easier shouldn’t it? But we know football is a funny old game so let’s see how we get on.”
Barkingside’s first focus is on hosting in-form Southend Manor this weekend having lost 4-2 at Theobalds Lane to Romania on Wednesday night in a heated contest.
Gulfer’s team will also travel to local rivals Redbridge next Tuesday (October 18) hoping to put together a strong run.
He added: “Southend Manor have done very well. To win five in a row you can’t be a bad side can you?
“They got beat in the Vase by Canning Town, but we also lost to London Bari in the same competition so it happens.
“I think there are no easy games in this division and Redbridge won’t be any different on Tuesday. It is about turning up and having your A game every single time you play – that is the key.”
Barkingside certainly had that on Saturday at Waltham Forest to pick up an impressive 3-1 win.
Michael Ademiluyi opened the scoring after 24 minutes, but Brian Moses equalised for the home side four minutes later.
Jason Fontaine put Side back in front in the 70th minute, before recent signing Daryl Bryan-Samuels ensured the points were going to Barkingside with his first goal for the club six minutes from time.
“I was very pleased and if we play like that every week I believe we wlll get promoted,” said Gulfer. “I said a few harsh words before the game about the previous three matches we had played.
“Although Lady Luck had not been on our side - against West Essex (1-1) we were atrocious and at Barking (3-1 defeat) we were hit and miss so we needed to improve.”
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