Gulfer: Barkingside showing their quality
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 April 2016
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Side boss happy to continue good form despite relegation after beating Brightlingsea
Gursel Gulfer believes Barkingside’s late run of good form has proved that his team had the quality to do a lot better in the Ryman North this season.
Side beat Brightlingsea Regent 2-1 on Saturday with goals from George Lataaya and Tyrone Scarlett for the club’s second win in a week having thrashed Romford 4-0 last Monday.
The weekend’s results, though, mean the Cricklefield Stadium club are guaranteed to finish 23rd in the standings with bottom-club Redbridge unable to catch Gulfer’s men, who in turn know they cannot reach 22nd.
But the Side manager is pleased with the club’s late season rally, believing it is just reward for their effort and endeavour this season.
“We’re doing so well at the minute and we’re putting in the performances that I know we could all along,” said Gulfer.
“We had been knocking on the door in games over the past two months, and it was frustrating not getting the reward we felt we deserved from it.
“We’re getting some good results that others might not expect us to and now, with a reprieve on the line, it’s about trying to get as many points as we can.”
There is still an outside chance that the Cricklefield Stadium outfit could avoid a return to the Essex Senior League thanks to a reprieve, with the club in pole position for those finishing 23rd in the Ryman Leagues.
However, for that to happen, Side would need a further five teams to run into difficulty and be unable to fulfill their fixtures at step eight or higher next season, but Gulfer still retains hope.
“We’re not playing like a team that has been relegated at the moment, which is great for the spirit at the club,” he added.
“If we are lucky enough to get a reprieve, the I’m confident that I can keep the team together and we can push a lot higher up the table next season.”
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