Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Michael Walther delighted with recent form after sealing Ilford victory
PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 April 2018
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Barkingside manager Michael Walther is delighted with his side’s recent performances after picking up a 3-1 win against neighbours Ilford.
Second-half goals from Roddy Lemba, James Briggs and Michael Ogboin sealed the three points to make it four wins from their last five matches despite an early goal for the Foxes at Cricklefield Stadium.
The win moved Side up to 15th in the Essex Senior League table and clear of the relegation zone with three matches left.
“It has been a pleasing last four games,” Walther said.
“At times we struggled through the games but we got nine points out of the last 12 and at this stage in the season as well so I’m really happy with that.”
The boss praised two of his latest signings Khadean Campbell and Curt McPherson for their effort in their derby victory.
“We made a couple of signings just before the deadline in Khadean Campbell from Clapton and Curt McPherson and they both made a real impact in the second-half against Ilford which enabled us to come away with the win.
“Our first-half was so poor we were lucky to still be in the game but once we got our first goal it was all one way traffic.”
The former Clapton manager praised James Briggs who scored a wonder free-kick to give them a 2-1 lead in the match.
“Briggs is the best ball player in the league there is only Steven Carvell at Sporting Bengal who matches his technical ability,” Walther said.
“He should be playing two levels higher but unfortunately he has fitness issues partly caused by injuries.
“When he comes into an ESL side he makes a huge difference.
“Sometimes when Briggs starts on the bench and you get a free-kick you’re very tempted to get him on as he’s so good at them.
“If he gets a free-kick from anywhere near the 25 to 30 yard area it’s extremely dangerous.
“I don’t think their keeper even moved it was a great finish and at the time he scored it the score was 1-1 so it was massive goal.”
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