Gulfer fumes as Barkingside lose again
PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 February 2016
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Side manager feels let down after home loss against relegation rivals Waltham Abbey
Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer was devastated with the team’s display in their 4-2 loss at home to fellow Ryman North strugglers Waltham Abbey.
Having pushed leaders Sudbury hard in their previous match, hopes were high that Side would pick up their first win since October and move off the bottom of the standings.
A mad opening two minutes at Cricklefield Stadium saw both teams score, with Jack West putting the visitors ahead before Michael Spencer levelled things up.
Barkingside fell behind again in the 34th minute when Christian Assombalonga netted his first of a hat trick, but Calvin Poku scored five minutes before half time to ensure the team’s went into the break level.
But Assombalonga scored again in the 54th and 59th minutes to collect the match ball and consign Side to their 23rd loss of the season, a result which left Gulfer scratching his head.
“It was unbelievable from us last night. We clawed it back twice in the first half and we had enough chances to win two games before half time,” said Gulfer.
“The second half, it was like a fisherman had thrown a net over my team. It’s the same old story again and that’s not good enough, I want to be able to give good news.
“It’s so disappointing after the performance against Sudbury because I thought we had turned a corner in that match.”
If Barkingside had a player of Assombalonga’s quality in their ranks, they may well have triumphed against the Abbots with Gulfer suggesting the hosts created enough opportunities.
And the Side boss admitted that may mean he has to dip into the transfer market once again as he looks to prevent the club from dropping down to the Essex Senior League.
“Christian is a good striker and had a lot of scouts watching him last night, but all three goals he scored were ones we could have dealt with better,” added Gulfer.
“He proved the difference between the sides and maybe that’s something we need to look at, bringing in a striker who is quick , but it is hard at the minute.”
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