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Essex Senior League: Stowmarket Town were very strong admits Barkingside boss Michael Walther

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 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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An excellent crowd of 215 watched Side exit the FA Cup at Cricklefield Stadium following a 4-0 defeat

Michael Walther was not too down after Barkingside’s 4-0 loss at home to Stowmarket Town in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Essex Senior League side conceded three times in the second half to suffer a heavy defeat at Cricklefield Stadium

In the end the Eastern Counties League Premier Division outfit were too strong, but Walther’s side were only losing 1-0 before the hour mark.

He said: “I watch a lot of Isthmian North and Premier football and Stowmarket Town were the equivalent of a side from the North.

“They beat Romford during pre-season and have a couple of players on loan from Leiston and Bury Town, so I don’t expect us to face an Essex Senior League team as good as they were.

“Although the scoreline towards the end doesn’t look good, I wasn’t too dispirited because of how strong a side they are.”

Barkingside did squander a number of promising openings on Sunday, so Walther was pleased they created several chances.

He did also reveal they’ve let some players go this week as they prepare for the league campaign, which starts up again on Saturday.

“We did actually have four or five one-on-one opportunities at the weekend, but we just didn’t take them,” said Walther.

“Don’t get me wrong Stowmarket were the better team, but we could have got a couple of goals back.

“I did try guys in different positions and that didn’t really go how I would have liked, so it was a good game to try stuff and prepare us for the league.

“We have trimmed the squad as well since Sunday and just let a couple go as we have given them chances and can’t keep everyone.”

A major positive from the weekend was the attendance of 215 recorded for the FA Cup match.

It was one of the biggest crowds Barkingside have achieved in recent years and left their manager happy.

Walther added: “We were fortune on Sunday because no other games clashed with our one and we were one of the only on locally.

“It is just nice to create a bit of a buzz around the place and it helps attract people to the club as well.

“Players want to join us because they know we are trying to do something here and it was nice to see that many watching us.”

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