Gulfer overjoyed as Barkingside end winless streak
PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 February 2016
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Side boss ecstatic as team kick start bid to remain in Ryman North by beating Witham
After seeing Barkingside end their 17-game winless run with a 3-2 success at home to Witham Town in the Ryman North, manager Gursel Gulfer was understandably delighted,
Luke With fired Side ahead at Cricklefield Stadium in the 33rd minute, but the hosts were pegged back by a penalty from Nathan Korentene on the stroke of half time.
Stuart Zanone then put the visitors ahead in the 53rd minute, before Michael Spencer drew Gulfer’s men level 13 minutes later.
There was further joy to come for Spencer and Barkingside as he netted the winner two minutes from time to give the team a first success since October 27.
And Gulfer was ecstatic his team were able to come through in difficult conditions after seeing a series of improved displays in past matches.
“We played well on a mudbath on Saturday, and I knew in recent weeks that is was only a matter of time before we could get the win,” said Gulfer.
“We should have had the game wrapped up by half time, but the boys have been working hard in training and we brought a few players in and we have been doing well recently, even without the wins.”
The success is also likely to boost the confidence and team spirit at Side, with many players winning for the first time in the Sky Blue shirt.
And Gulfer added that there was a good feeling among the players as they look to kick start the surivial bid.
“There was a big sigh of relief from the players, there was a positive atmosphere in the dressing room rather than an inquest!” he added.
“We fought hard and wanted it, and that’s the first time we’ve won on a Saturday this season.”
Victory also lifted Side of the bottom of the table, with former landlords Redbridge replacing, but Gulfer knows there is still hard work ahead.
“We’re pleased with the win, but we know we’re not out of the wood completely although it is a start. It was 17 games without a win — I can’t believe it went on that long.”
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