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Essex Senior League: Michael Walther eyeing maximum points from Barkingside’s upcoming home games

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 August 2017

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).

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Ex-Clapton boss will take on one of his old sides this weekend as Stansted make the trip down the M11

Michael Walther wants his Barkingside team to try and pick up maximum points from their next two Essex Senior League matches at Cricklefield Stadium.

Side entertain Stansted this weekend before hosting West Essex on Monday (August 14) looking to make it three wins from three in the division.

Although Walther’s bracing Barkingside for a couple of tough tests, he knows what to expect over the next few days.

“Where I watch a lot of games in this league I know a bit about teams and who they have,” said the Side boss.

“Obviously most clubs are still trying to bring people in and boost their squads, but we have an idea about a lot of them.

“Looking at our opening round of fixtures we want to do well at home, so I am hoping we can try and take maximum points over the next couple of days.”

Saturday will see Walther go up against his old team, but it is much changed from the one he left this summer.

The former Clapton boss was assistant to Mark Ashford at Hargrave Park, though both departed at the end of last season.

Ex-Hannakins Farm manager Paul Pittuck has since taken over at Stansted and Side are ready for a difficult clash on Saturday.

But after losing 4-0 at home to Stowmarket Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Sunday, Barkingside are desperate to bounce back.

“Paul at Stansted is in a similar position to me. He has a new team, but it isn’t new to him,” said Walther.

“He has a lot of the players with him now that were at Hannakins Farm, so I expect them to be organised and we need to put in a performance.

“If we are going to do anything this season then we need to be winning at home, and although it will take us a little bit of time for it to feel like home, hopefully we can get something on Saturday.”

After hosting Stansted at the weekend, Barkingside will face one of the in-form teams in the division on Monday.

West Essex have already defeated Sawbridgeworth Town twice this season and could be one to watch.

“They have started very well and played some lovely football last season, so that will be tough,” said Walther.

“I think all teams right now are trying to start well and make a statement, so all of the games will be difficult.”

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