Gulfer: Barkingside turning the heat up on rivals
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 March 2016
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Side manager says upturn in form putting pressure on those around them, including Saturday’s opponents Heybridge
Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer is confident his team will soon be the ones with a gap over the Ryman North bottom three, as long as they keep their unbeaten run going.
Side are enjoying their best form all season having not lost in three matches and it could not have been better timed.
They are now just four points from Heybridge Swifts who sit just above the bottom three with the teams set to meet on Saturday.
Swifts, though, do have games in hand over Barkingside, as do many of their relegation rivals. But that does not appear to faze Gulfer, who believes his men are piling the pressure on those teams to win their games in hand.
“Looking at the fixtures for the sides at the bottom, if we can beat Heybridge and beat Cray, then I think we’ll be the ones with a gap over the bottom,” said Gulfer.
“At the moment, we’re putting pressure on teams above us to go and win games in hand they have.
“We know we have to keep picking up points too if we want to stay up. We also have to take points off our relegation rivals when the chance comes, like this weekend.”
There may be pressure on Side to win at Heybridge on Saturday with two tough-looking matches against Cray Wanderers and Thamesmead Town to follow.
But again Gulfer appears calm and relaxed about Barkingside’s chances, noting recent displays against some of the league’s better sides.
“We don’t fear anyone because we look back at the games against Sudbury and Tilbury when we might not have won, but we pushed them both hard,” he added.
“We matched those teams all the way in those games and I know we can do the same against Cray and Thamesmead.
“If we keep working hard and keep giving it our all, knowing we fear no one, then we can get some good results.”
Barkingside’s recent revival is in no small part down to Michael Spencer’s impressive form.
The attacker made it six goals in as many games when he netted the equaliser in Side’s 2-1 home win over Wroxham last weekend.
Michael Ademiluyi struck in the final minutes of the game to hand the Cricklefield Stadium club all three points as well as another boost to their confidence.
And Gulfer has backed his in-form Spencer to keep impressing for Barkingside in the final weeks of the season.
“Michael is absolutely on fire at the moment. Everything he touches seems to turn into gold for us, which is great!” he added.
“He knows where the onion bag is and long may that continue as it is helping us to claw back the teams above us.”
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