Gulfer’s Barkingside grab late victory
PUBLISHED: 09:30 22 September 2015
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Ryman North: Barkingside 2 Great Wakering Rovers 1
Barkingside’s recent revival continued last night (Monday) when they earned their second Ryman North win of the season against Great Wakering Rovers.
Although Side had been thrashed 5-1 by local rivals Hornchurch on Saturday, they came into the match at Cricklefield with confidence.
On September 19 they beat Haringey Borough 3-2 to earn a first success of the campaign and they managed to follow that up against Rovers yesterday.
Gursel Gulfer’s side struggled to break down their opponents in the first period and the 67 in attendance were made to wait for the opening goal until after the break.
But just six minutes into the second half, Side did take the lead when Jonathan Nzengo scored his first for the club.
Unfortunately Rovers replied within 11 minutes, Tony Jacobs the man on hand to level the scores at Cricklefield.
From then on the game was anyone’s for the taking, but it was Gulfer’s men that secured a second victory of the campaign and a first at home.
Former Hornchurch utility man Michael Spencer, making his debut for Barkingside, found the net a minute from time to earn a priceless three points.
It was a fantastic result for Side and enough to move them up to 18th place in the table. They have eight points now from their opening 10 matches and are four points above the bottom three.
Next up for Gulfer’s team is a trip to Soham Town Rangers on Saturday, who currently occupy a position in the relegation places.
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