Essex Senior League: Michael Walther knows Barkingside can impress at Great Wakering Rovers as long as they turn up on time

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 July 2017

A Barkingside player (blue) tries to win the ball back off Barking's Daniel McCulloch (pic: Terry Gilbert).

A Barkingside player (blue) tries to win the ball back off Barking's Daniel McCulloch (pic: Terry Gilbert).


Former Clapton manager discusses previous time at Burroughs Park when he was in car park waiting for his old Tons players to arrive

Barkingside manager Michael Walther would have liked to be involved in the opening weekend of the Essex Senior League, but is focusing on the positives.

While local rivals Redbridge and Ilford are in action, Side don’t get their campaign underway until Tuesday (August 1) when they travel to Great Wakering Rovers.

It is a long trip first up for the former Clapton boss and his new side, but he believes they can beat the recently relegated Isthmian North club.

Walther said: “Unfortunately for us our league season doesn’t start until Tuesday and we have to go to Wakering, which is one of the furthest trips we will have.

“But I guess looking at the positives, it is good to get it out of the way and we have the capacity to beat anyone on our day.

“It is all about consistency and we won’t know where we are going to be in the league until we have played 10 games, but we are all looking forward to the season.”

With Barkingside having the weekend off, Walther has the chance to go and see Rovers take on Stansted at Burroughs Park.

Side’s second league match of the season is against the Airportmen at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday, August 12.

“Everyone gets excited about the start of the campaign and you want to play on the opening weekend, but it could work out well for us,” said Walther.

“I think I might go and watch Great Wakering against Stansted because we play both of them in our first two league games.”

Walther knows a great deal about most of the clubs in the Essex Senior League having been involved in the division for the last three seasons.

He is also well aware of the problems teams can face when they visit Burroughs Park on a Tuesday night.

“Where I have been involved in this league for a few years I know a lot of the Great Wakering players,” said Walther.

“I have a pretty good idea of who will start for them and play where, so we have some information on them.

“If we turn up, then I believe we are more than capable of beating them, but we obviously need to turn up.

“The biggest worry for me is making sure everyone gets there and arrives on time for kick-off.

“I remember standing outside looking to see if players were close one night when Clapton were playing there, so that’s one of the problems you can face!”

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