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Gulfer upbeat about Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 July 2015

Barkingside boss Gus Gulfer (right) talks to his players (pic courtesy of Sporting Bengal)

Barkingside boss Gus Gulfer (right) talks to his players (pic courtesy of Sporting Bengal)

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Boss not concerned by first friendly loss

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is remaining upbeat about his squad despite suffering their first loss of pre-season to Essex Senior League outfit London Bari.

Ryman North Barkingside fell to a 2-1 defeat following strong performances against Brimsdown Rovers and Sporting Bengal, when they picked up a win and a draw respectively.

And insult was added to injury when Gulfer’s son, Matt, was taken off following a tangle of legs.

Post-match analysis revealed the midfield playmaker will be out of action for three months with a broken metatarsal.

Boss Gulfer feels his side are still on a learning curve, saying: “We’ve had quite a lot of new players join the side and they have been fitting into the team nicely.

“The aim of these matches is to make sure that all of the squad gels together and it gives me the chance to check out every player’s progress.”

The friendly against Bari saw plenty of Side’s newcomers get game time before the new season begins on August 8 at Thurrock.

Fans can expect key players to start making appearances in the final few games of pre-season.

“The match against Bari was mainly a game for the trialists to show what they can do,” added Gulfer.

“We will start seeing more of the first team in the match against Waltham Forest on Tuesday and in the games against Canning Town, Grays and Herne Bay.”

Asked about their chances for the upcoming season in Ryman North, following a reprieve from relegation, Gulfer chuckled: “You’ll have to ask me in a few weeks.”


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