Gulfer not concerned by Barkingside’s slow start
PUBLISHED: 15:30 03 September 2015
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Side boss confident wins will come as team return to league football
Barkingside have the perfect opportunity to bounce back from their FA Cup heartbreak this weekend as they return to Ryman North action.
Side entertain Heybridge Swifts on Saturday, another team who have had a difficult start to the new season despite beating Redbridge in the FA Cup.
Victory this weekend would see Gursel Gulfer’s men earn their first win of the new campaign, but even if their wait goes on, the boss is not overly concerned.
“We’ll be concentrating hard in training this week to see how much we can improve ahead of Heybridge,” said Gulfer.
“Only a couple of weeks ago we played very well against Harlow Town and while we got nothing from it, we can take heart from the display.
“I have no worries about our form at the minute. We knew there would be a transitional period with a lot of new signings and we know it can only get better.”
Barkingside’s only point so far came in a 3-3 draw against Waltham Abbey, who also find themselves near the bottom of the Ryman North table in the early part of the season.
But Gulfer knows the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and that there is still time for Side to have a successful campaign.
“I’m not downbeat about things at the minute and the boys know that as well and are also positive about what we can do,” added Gulfer.
“I was hard on them after the FA Cup match because they were poor and we were even worse. We were nailed to the floor.
“We had a couple of injuries and we know it will get better. I told the boys it would not be easy against Ipswich and it proved the case.
“But we have to keep working and can’t give in. There’s still 41 league games left and the FA Trophy as well.”
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