Gulfer thrilled as Barkingside bounce back
PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 April 2016
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Side boss pleased to beat Romford after bottom three finish was confirmed
Gursel Gulfer was delighted his Barkingside team put the disappointment of a weekend defeat behind them by beating local rivals Romford 1-0 at home in the Ryman North on Monday.
Side were condemned to a bottom three finish following a loss to former landlords Redbridge on Saturday, but moved on from that to down Boro with four second-half goals.
Tyrone Scarlett opened the scoring against his former club before fellow striker Luke With fired in a hat-trick for the hosts who won for the first time in six matches.
And with Barkingside now relying on a reprieve to avoid relegation, which they cannot get if they finish bottom, Gulfer believes it was important to open up a three-point gap to Redbridge in last place.
“It was a result we needed because we’re still clinging on to finishing second from bottom in the hope of getting a reprieve,” said the manager.
“Redbridge are still fighting hard and almost got a win from of their game with Cheshunt, so we know we have to keep battling.”
It was an impressive reaction from Side to move on from their weekend disappointment and overcome a Romford side who had won their past four matches in the league.
And while Gulfer was full of understanding for team that, like Barkingside, have one of the smallest budgets in the league, he felt the best team won.
“There was only one team in it, with all respect for Romford, their players and their manager who is doing a fine job in a similar situation to us,” he added.
“But in all fairness, there was only one team in the game on Monday night and I was pleased with the reaction I got from the players.”
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