Gulfer content as Barkingside finish in style
PUBLISHED: 14:30 25 April 2016
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Side boss believes late run of form makes drop harder to take
Gursel Gulfer says Barkingside’s fine end to the season makes relegation from the Ryman North all the more galling.
Side beat Dereham Town 2-1 on Saturday to make it three wins in a row since a loss to former landlords Redbridge earlier in the month consigned the Cricklefield Stadium club to a bottom three finish.
There is still an outside chance that the outfit may yet receive a reprieve to remain in the division, but Gulfer believes their late run of form shows that Barkingside had the quality to avoid the drop.
“I’m very pleased with how we finished the season and our form in the last 10 games or so has been up there with some of the best in the league,” said the Side manager.
“It was just that a winless run in the second third of the season which cost us. Going 18 games without a win and knowing just a few more points would have kept us up is disappointing.
“We’ve done really well at the end of the season, though, especially in our last three games which shows that we kept going right until the end.”
Luke With put the hosts in front from the penalty spot in the 20th minute, before Dereham pulled one back through Lewis Butcher 19 minutes later to send the teams in level.
But Gulfer believes Town’s goal should never had stood, although it did cancel out another contentious decision earlier in the half.
“Their goal was offside, but they probably should have had a penalty early on!” added Gulfer.
Michael Spencer scored with 16 minutes remaining to secure all three points for Side, and his manager believes it was no less than his display deserved.
“It was a great moment and Michael has been doing well for us, so it was a great goal that he deserved.
“He had a dip in form around January, but he’s scored some important goals for us. He’s the kind of player who pops up in the right areas and finds the net.”
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