Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer wants improvement

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 November 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 says he was fuming after heavy defeat on Saturday

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is demanding a response from his squad after a chastening loss in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Side were beaten 5-1 at Sawbridgeworth Town, with Luke With netting the solitary goal for the visitors.

Gulfer was serving the first match of a two-game stadium ban at the Robins, and will also miss the match at Southend Manor on Saturday.

But the Side manager says that has not stopped him from letting his players know how angry he was with the defeat.

“I texted the boys yesterday letting them know how I felt about the loss on Saturday,” said Gulfer.

“This is the story of our season, though; no team is better than us, but if you don’t listen, then these results happen.

“Things would have been different had I been on the touchline, and it was very frustrating sitting in a car in the town centre getting reports about the game.

“We’re very ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ this season and the squad we had out were good enough to get the result, so it was heartbreaking.”

Saturday’s defeat also brought an end to a recent renaissance for Barkingside, who had won their last two in the league before the weekend.

And Gulfer believes that made the defeat to the Robins all the more difficult to accept.

“We’re a wounded animal at the minute and we can’t go from the performance at Clapton to how we played at Sawbridgeworth, it’s not fair,” he added.

• Barkingside’s match with FC Romania on December 17 has been designated ‘A Game For The Homeless’, with the club arranging a collection on the day for items to be donated to homeless charities. The club are also hoping to get in touch with local shelters, offering residents there free entry to the game. For more information, contact Barkingside chairman Jimmy Flanagan on 07956 894194, or alternatively email

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