Gulfer backs confident Barkingside to sink Wroxham
PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 March 2016
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Side manager believes team have turned a corner ahead of Yacthsmen clash
Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer believes his team are a different side from the one that drew with Wroxham earlier in the season as the two teams prepare to do battle in Ryman North again.
The two relegation rivals played out a 1-1 draw in Norfolk just six weeks ago, with Michael Ademiliu grabbing the goal for Side.
But a recent revival which has seen the Cricklefield Stadium club take four points from their last two league games has given Gulfer renewed hope.
And the Barkingside boss says the team’s new found belief will help them go one better and earn a crucial win over the Yachtsmen.
“I’m hoping our confidence gets us over the line against Wroxham this weekend,” said Gulfer.
“I’ve worked hard to turn things around and the players have too. There seems to be a different mindset among the team.
“The boys that have come in from Dagenham & Redbridge have been brilliant, as have the other guys who have joined and I think we’ve got rid of the deadwood.”
Barkingside will be without striker Calvin Poku, though, after his loan deal from Hornchurch was cut short, allowing him to join Ryman Premier side Wingate & Finchley.
It is an absence that may not be too badly felt, with Michael Spencer having struck five goals during February.
Gulfer has backed the in-form winger to keep firing in the coming weeks, but also hopes Spencer can spur others on to similar heights.“Michael is saying in training that he is the guy who will get us the goals and get us out of trouble!” added Gulfer.
“At the minute he’s popping up with the goals and while he’s not a striker, he’s proving that he’s a good finisher.
“He’s got one more goal than Luke With, so there’s a bit of competition between the pair.
“We also have Andy Greenslade to come back so all the boys in attack are pushing one another, which is great.”
Wroxham have had a difficult few weeks in the league with five defeats in the seven games since they last played Barkingside.
That included a 1-0 defeat away to Haringey Borough last time out, allowing Side to cut the gap between the teams to just five points at the foot of the table.
And Gulfer, who is on good terms with Borough boss Tom Loizou, was pleased his friend did him a favour in Side’s bid to beat the drop.
“I know the Haringey boss very well and I asked him before the game if he could do us a favour — he rang me after at around midnight to ask if that was good enough!” he added.
“It’s a massive game and we have to make sure that we do what is needed from our own point of views this weekend.
“We need to put pressure both on Wroxham and the teams further above us. They may have games in hand, but they don’t have the points yet.
“Even if we lose, it’s not over. All the other teams near the bottom have to play one another. When they take points off each other, we have to make sure we clean up and close in.”
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