‘Heartbreaking’ for Barkingside boss

PUBLISHED: 12:26 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26 12 October 2015

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

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

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Gulfer reflects on draw with Maldon

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer described Maldon & Tiptree’s late equaliser as ‘heartbreaking’ after his side let a two-goal lead slip with just moments to go at Cricklefield Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Michael Spencer and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe looked to have secured a morale-boosting win for Barkingside, before the visitors hit back with two late strikes with just a minute of normal time remaining.

The result left the home side feeling robbed, having controlled almost the entire match, and when asked how he felt Gulfer said: “Sick. We were 2-0 up and missed a simple header to make it 3-0.

“Their left winger went through our right-back, the ref didn’t give it and they went on and scored from it.

“Then our keeper has gone to clear it and it’s 2-2. It was heartbreaking – they didn’t deserve that.

“They didn’t have any chances in the game at all. We threw two points away.”

Barkingside went into the game on the back of two consecutive league defeats against Cheshunt and Soham Town Rangers but, despite the disappointment, Gulfer was keen to highlight how well his side and, in particular, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe had played in recent weeks.

He added: “If my team plays like that every week, we’ll have no problems whatsoever.

“Junior is going on trials in Portugal soon, he sticks out and deserves his chance. We’ve played well in the games we’ve lost and we’re learning from the mistakes we’ve made.”

Barkingside are back in action tonight as they host a confident Cheshunt side and will be looking to put the heavy loss sustained a fortnight ago behind them.

Gulfer feels the 4-0 scoreline was not a fair reflection of the team’s performance and insists that, with new additions having now settled, there is much cause for optimism.

“We’ll be looking for three points tonight,” he said. “We played Cheshunt before, but it was never a 4-0 game. It’s a new team we’ve got here and the job this season is to survive.

“It’s only now we’re starting to look like a team. All you need to know is we’re getting better.”

Barkingside’s game against Cheshunt kick offs at 7.45pm.

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