Gulfer: Fortune has deserted Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 March 2016

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Side boss concerned team are not getting rub of the green after injury costs them dear against Cray

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer was left to rue his luck once more as his team let their lead slip in a 5-2 loss at home to Ryman North promotion candidates Cray Wanderers.

Side battled back from falling behind after just seven minutes to take the kead three minutes into the second halg after goals from Andy Greenslade and Luke With.

But disaster struck with little under 30 minutes remaining as home skipper Paul Wright was forced off with a trapped nerve, and from their things unravelled for Barkingside as Cray scored four more to win.

The result leaves Barkingside eight points adrift of safety and had Gulfer questionning why fortune had deserted his side once more.

“There’s a cemetery next door to our ground and I’m pretty sure there is a curse over us at the minute,” said Gulfer.

“For the first 60 minutes, there’s only one team in the game and we had so much control, we should have put it to bed.

“Then Paul goes off, meaning we have to change a few things around and Cray make a couple of changes too and everything is different from then.”

There were positives for Side up until Wright went off injured, with the team showing great resolve to come from behind and take the lead against the league’s third best club.

But while Gulfer admits that Wright’s injury was the game changing moment, he knows the hosts had chances before then to wrap up what would have been a surprise success.

“We were solid at the back and we should have a got a third because Cray were looking like they were waiting to be beaten, but we didn’t and that’s football.”

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