Essex Senior League: Barkingside manager Michael Walther expects tricky final week

PUBLISHED: 15:00 27 April 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Barkingside manager Michael Walther is expecting a tricky final week of the Essex Senior League campaign.

Side face three fixtures in the next week starting with a home match against Takeley at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday (3pm) before travelling away to Southend Manor and Wadham Lodge in mid-week.

Walther knows he’ll have to rotate his squad to get them over the line as they look to finish on a high note.

“We’re now down to about 18 to 19 players and we’ve got a few Bostik North players who are dual registered.

“Some of them will play against Wadham Lodge on Wednesday, including Ryan Imbert, Garrett Kelly and Raphael Duyile.

“Saturday against Takeley and Monday away to Southend Manor will play our current squad.”

Youngster Terry Anim could also be handed a few starts after impressing off the bench in their 3-1 win against Ilford last weekend.

“We’ve got a young lad Terry who comes training every week, works hard and never complains when he’s not included.

“As we’ve needed results we’ve had to go for more experience, but he keeps his head down and he come on in the 20th minute against Ilford and had a really good game.

“Hopefully I’m able to use a few lads like that in the final games.”

The former Clapton boss is under no illusions about facing Takeley but is confident the Cricklefield pitch conditions can play into their favour.

“We drew with them 1-1 in the cup and I think that our pitch is a leveller as they can’t move the ball as fast.

“At Takeley it’s a slick pitch so they can move it around quickly and on a good pitch they’re one of the best ball moving teams in the league but on our pitch it bounces five times before it hits a man.

“It’s a very poor pitch to say the least but that should slow them down and play into our favour.”

Walther is also expecting another tough test against Southend Manor on Monday.

“Southend are a good side a bit like us always have close games but end up on the wrong side on a one goal difference.

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