Gulfer: Win a must for Barkingside’s slim hopes

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 April 2016

Gursel Gulfer, manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Gursel Gulfer, manager of Barkingside (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Side boss knows team need three points at Brightlingsea to boost outside chance of a reprieve

Barkingside will also be keen to keep their good mood going at Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday after recovering from Ryman North relegation last weekend with a thumping win on Monday.

Side’s bottom three finish was confirmed with a defeat at former landlords and last-placed Redbridge at the weekend, but Gursel Gulfer’s men triumphed 4-0 against Romford two days later.

Tyrone Scarlett netted against his former side, while strike partner Luke With scored a hat-trick for the hosts.

There is still an outside chance that the Cricklefield Stadium club can avoid a return to the Essex Senior League with a reprieve, providing they do not finish bottom.

And with three points between Barkingside and Redbridge, who are currently 24th, Gulfer is keen to extend that advantage with a win against a Regent side who have nothing to play for other than pride.

“We are hoping that it means Brightlingsea don’t play as well as they can, but we have a good squad and I’m confident in our ability,” he said.

“If I had the squad that I have now in December, we wouldn’t be in the bottom three.”

When the sides met earlier in the season, it ended 0-0 at Criclkefield Stadium, but Gulfer is confident his team can go one better and get an important win on Saturday.

“We have to play with no fear. We’ve played all the sides in the league and I feel I can say that there isn’t much between any team in this league,” he added.

“We should have beaten them at home this season, but they have shown how good they are by putting together another run towards the play-offs.”

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