Gulfer slams ‘naive’ Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 14:30 13 October 2015

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

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

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Side boss disappointed after team throw away another winning position against Cheshunt

Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer was gutted to see his team blow a lead late on for the second straight match in the Ryman North.

Having drawn 2-2 with Maldon & Tiptree after holding a two-goal lead on Saturday, Side were 3-0 to the good at home to Cheshunt in the 82nd minute.

Cue a mad end to the game which saw the visitors to Cricklefield Stadium score three times from the 86th minute onwards to draw level and almost snatched a late winner.

And Gulfer was again left to rue what might have been had Barkingside been able to hold onto a lead.

“We were naive towards the end. In both matches we had been dominant and played so well,” said Gulfer.

“At 3-0 against Cheshunt, we were coasting but we just didn’t see the game out. They had a sniff and we seemed to hit the panic button.

“But we’re still coming together as a team. It was only put together in the summer and there is still plenty of time left for us to do well.”

One positive for Side was a goal for recent signing Tyrone Scarlett who scored the team’s third which looked to set them on their way to a comfortable win before their late capitulation.

And with the impressive Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe having seemingly played his last game for the club, Gulfer hopes to have found a new talisman up top.

“I didn’t put Tyrone in straight away, I opted to give him some time off the bench but I started him last night because I thought he was ready and he did well,” added Gulfer.

“Junior is now off to Portugal for a trial. He has lots of potential and the door is open for him if it doesn’t work out.”

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