Gulfer delighted with cup draw

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 July 2015

Barkingside are preparing for their third season in the Ryman North

Barkingside are preparing for their third season in the Ryman North


Barkingside boss reacts to FA Cup and FA Trophy draw and discusses how his squad is shaping up

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is chuffed with how the FA Cup and FA Trophy draw has worked out for his team.

Side will host either Eastern Counties Division One side Debenham LC or Eastern Counties Premier outfit Ipswich Wanderers in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 29.

The winner of that tie will pocket £1,925 in prize money and in the FA Trophy, the Cricklefield club only have to make a short trip to Ryman North rivals Tilbury.

Barkingside will play that preliminary round match on October 3 with the winners receiving £2,500.

Gulfer said: “I was well pleased with the FA Cup draw. I said to my assistant all I want is to have a home tie.

“We have got Debenham LC or Ipswich Wanders and I’ll be honest I don’t know anything about either of them, but we are at home and we definitely have a chance.

“In the FA Trophy we have Tilbury, they are in the same division as us and I think that is a good draw because if we win we play Tooting & Mitcham United or Walton & Hersham in the next round.

“It is another game where we have a chance. I am happy about the FA Cup and FA Trophy draw, believe me.”

Barkingside start their pre-season campaign on Saturday with a match against Brimsdown Rovers at the Met Police Grounds pitch in Chingford.

But Gulfer was quick to warn supporters not to expect to see the complete Side squad just yet with various trialists still training with the club.

He added: “We have got seven games in the next five weeks and some good friendlies lined up.

“We are looking to hopefully have the squad done in the 10 to 14 days so we will have a better idea of the squad in that time.”

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