Gulfer wants Barkingside momentum

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 September 2015

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Boss targets another win against strugglers

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer is hoping his players can match the level of performance they showed against Great Wakering this week when they face struggling Soham Town Rangers tomorrow.

Gulfer’s men went into Monday’s game with just one win from their first nine games of the Ryman North season, but goals from Jonathan Nzengo and new boy Michael Spencer were enough to see off Rovers at Cricklefield Stadium.

And with two more games coming up in the space of four days, Barkingside’s Gulfer know that further wins against Soham or Cheshunt next Tuesday will help boost their chances of avoiding a relegation tussle.

A confident Gulfer believes his team have come together at just the right time and said: “We finally feel like a team that are capable of winning games.

“The players showed hunger all over the pitch, something I’ve been asking for some time. The level of performance went up, but now it’s time to improve on that and get better.”

Barkingside had fallen to a 5-1 loss at high-flying Hornchurch on Saturday, but Soham Town are still searching for their first win in the league this season.

And Gulfer will hope his side can take advantage of their poor run of form, adding: “This is a big game for us and one we feel we can get three points from.

“If we can play with that same intensity and hunger we showed last week, but this time against Rangers, I feel we can win the game.”

After Saturday’s home match, Barkingside hit the road again for a trip to Cheshunt who are currently sitting eight places above them in the table.

And Gulfer feels confident a win at Theobalds Lane is not out of the question, saying: “Against the top teams like Thurrock, Hornchurch, and Harlow we do tend to struggle because they are better than us at the moment.

“However Cheshunt and other teams around us we believe are winnable games. If we can win the next two games we’re in the mix.’

Even though Barkingside have only played 12 games so far in the 2015/16 season, Gulfer already has an eye on next season.

“The season’s objective for this year is to stay in this division, but realistically our main target is for next year,” he added.

“We hope to build a stronger squad for next year so we can challenge the likes of Harlow and Thurrock.

“But right now the confidence of the players is really high and the next two games can’t come soon enough.”

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