Essex Senior League: Boss Gursel Gulfer confident Barkingside can beat Sawbridgeworth Town in his absence
PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 November 2016
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Side manager set to start two-game stadium ban this weekend
Barkingside make the trip to Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League on Saturday, but boss Gursel Gulfer won’t be at Crofters End as he starts a two-game stadium ban.
The Side manager has received the suspension having been sent to the stands during a 4-2 loss at FC Romania last month, with assistant Mickey Leslie taking control in Gulfer’s absence.
As well as the trip to the Robins, Gulfer will also miss Monday’s match at home to Basildon United, but he is confident Leslie can guide Barkingside to some good results.
“Mickey knows how I want to set the team up and how to react to certain situations, that’s something we’ve discussed.
“He’s a former team-mate of mine, so we’ve known each other for a ling time and he knows what to do.
“I suppose it’s a case of role reversals this Saturday as he missed the game at Clapton because of a wedding!”
In his absence, Gulfer will also be hoping Jason Fontaine continues his good form having struck twice in a 3-1 win at Tower Hamlets on Monday night.
Barkingside had to come from behind at the Mile End Stadium with Marvin Birch levelling before Fontaine struck twice to secure the win.
And while Gulfer was delighted Fontaine grabbed the headlines, he was full of praise for all his attacking options.
“Jason played well against Tower Hamlets, as did the rest of the front six,” added the Side boss.
“Jason took his chances really well in the match, but the other forwards all caused Tower Hamlets problems.”
The win at Hamlets was Barkingside’s second in the league in three days, having won 1-0 at Clapton on Saturday thanks to a David Laird strike.
Prior to the win at the Old Spotted Dog, Side had not won in six games in the league and were drifting towards mid-table obscurity.
Now, though, the picture has changed with Side back in the top half and Gulfer has backed the team to continue their upward trajectory.
“The mood has changed dramatically and that’s because the form has been good in our last two.
“Some of the defeats we had, they were criminal and if we hadn’t dropped all those points over those six games, we would be right in the mix now.
“The title is beyond us now, but football is a funny old game and you never know what might happen, but we have to maintain our form.”
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