Essex Senior League: Barkingside seek a response at West Essex
PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 September 2016
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Side boss Gursel Gulfer demands more from his squad after FA Vase exit
Barkingside host Essex Senior League strugglers West Essex on Saturday looking to bounce back from their FA Vase exit at London Bari last weekend.
A 2-1 loss at the Old Spotted Dog on Saturday saw Side eliminated from by their divisional rivals in a result that left boss Gursel Gulfer fuming.
The Barkingside manager admits morale was low in the camp following their exit from a competition in which Gulfer was hoping for a long run.
“The atmosphere was poor in the dressing room after the loss, but if you don’t put the effort in at the right moment in a match, then losses happen,” he said.
“Against Bari, we were slow to get going and if we don’t start as we mean to go on, it’s always going to be tough for us to win.
“It’s not the first and it won’t be the last time this season where we find ourselves trying to get into a game, but it just wasn’t good enough.”
Barkingside will at least be buoyed by a 2-1 win over West Essex during their last meeting at Mayesbrook Park at the start of September.
Goals from Luke With and Leon Smith, who struck a late winner, saw Side beat the league’s new boys, who won the Middlesex County Premier Division last season.
And Gulfer is confident it will be another Barkingside success this weekend.
“We showed last time against them that we were good enough to beat them and being at home this time will help us beat them again,” he added.
“We had a lot of chances in that game and West Essex have been on a bit of a bad run, so it points to us securing another win over them.”
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