Griffiths wants Barkingside to keep it tight at the back

PUBLISHED: 12:56 19 November 2010

Clapton v Barkingside 23rd October 2010�

Clapton v Barkingside 23rd October 2010

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Assistant boss calls for Barkingside clean sheet at London APSA

BARKINGSIDE will look to get back to winning ways at the weekend when they travel to London APSA in the Essex Senior League, with a clean sheet the target for assistant manager Carl Griffiths.

They haven’t managed that since a 7-0 win over Buckingham Athletic in the FA Vase at the start of September.

“We haven’t played consistently in recent weeks,” said Griffiths.

“But the importance of a clean sheet is vital on Saturday if we are to get a positive result.

“We haven’t done so for a while and it has cost us on quite a few occasions.”

’Side haven’t been in action since November 6, when they lost 2-1 at Southend Manor, and have only played eight league games so far and currently sit in 11th spot in the table.

But after a hard training session on Monday night, after their scheduled Gordon Brasted Trophy quarter-final game against Bethnal Green United was called off, the former Brentwood Town boss goes into Saturday’s game confident of getting the three points.

“It is probably a good time to be playing APSA,” he said.

“They are not in the best of form lately despite a good start and we have to take advantage of that.

“Its frustrating that we have only played one game at home in the league all season.

“The pitch was unplayable on Monday, only for Redbridge to play on it the following night.

“We need to start moving back up the table, there isn’t a lot in it at the moment and it’ll be nice to start closing the gap on some of the teams up there.”

John Higley’s APSA side have only an Essex Senior Cup second round win over Basildon United to their name in the last 12 games after starting the league season unbeaten in their first five macthes.

The Oakside outfit will welcome back experienced defender Steve Good after missing the Southend Manor game through injury, as well as the return from an ankle injury of midfielder Reece Cosson.

Tony Fenn’s men will then face Bethnal Green United for the re-arranged Gordon Brasted Trophy at home on Tuesday night.

They will be hoping to make it through to the last four of the competition, after missing out in the final before on two occasions.

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