Essex Senior League: Gursel Gulfer is looking for Barkingside to get on positive run

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 October 2016

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Roach in action for Barkingside against Barking recently (pic Terry Gilbert)

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Roach in action for Barkingside against Barking recently (pic Terry Gilbert)


Cricklefield boss discusses win at Waltham Forest and praises young Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Roach

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is hoping for more of the same from his team tonight when they take on FC Romania in the Essex Senior League.

Side visit Theobalds Lane full of confidence after winning 3-1 at Waltham Forest on Saturday.

It was Barkingside’s first victory since September 17 and came thanks to goals from Michael Ademiluyi, Jason Fontaine and Daryl Bryan-Samuels.

Gulfer said: “I thought we played really well on Saturday and everyone had a good game for us.

“We made a few changes and brought a couple of people in on loan and they made a difference.

“We have a big squad and I’ll be keeping the team the same for the FC Romania match except for one change.”

FC Romania sit 12th in the standings at the moment, but always usually finish in the top echelons of the table so will give Side a difficult encounter.

After tonight, Barkingside host Southend Manor at home on Saturday and it is two big matches for the Cricklefield club, but spirits are high.

“It’s a massive game against FC Romania and they are a good footballing team and finished second last season,” said Gulfer.

“They got beat at the weekend but we know it is not going to be an easy one and then we have Southend Manor.

“Southend have just won five in a row so that will be difficult, but if we can get two good results then we will be on a nice run.”

One person who has benefitted greatly from spending time at Cricklefield over the last few months is Sam Roach.

The young Leyton Orient goalkeeper has impressed his current manager while on loan at the Essex Senior League club and is highly thought of by the staff at O’s.

“Sam has done brilliant and has done everything we have asked of him,” said Side boss Gulfer.

“He has come to the club as a 17-year-old baby and has had 12 games. I think he has improved in every one of those matches and we thank Leyton Orient very much for letting us have him.”

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