Barkingside chairman Flanaghan confident young squad will come good

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 September 2018

Bobby Sears of Barkingside and Daniel Crowie of Enfield (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

Bobby Sears of Barkingside and Daniel Crowie of Enfield (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo).

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Since Side beat Woodford Town on penalties in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy on August 22, they have failed to win in seven

Barkingside may still be without a win in this season’s Essex Senior League, but long-serving chairman Jimmy Flanaghan is not worried by their start to the 2018/19 campaign.

Michael Walther’s side suffered a 3-0 loss at home to Clapton on Friday night to make it seven matches without a victory in the division.

Nevertheless, Flanaghan has backed his manager to turn things around and praised the potential of the young squad at Cricklefield Stadium.

Side started the league term with three consecutive goalless draws, but have lost their last four fixtures in the division to sit in 18th place.

Only Tower Hamlets have not got off the mark when it comes to wins in the Essex Senior League this season, but there are plenty reasons to be positive at Barkingside.

Chairman Flanaghan explained: “Despite some disappointing results, on the whole our performances have belied our results, but we are just in need of some spark in the goal department.

“Far from being all doom and gloom, the club on and off the pitch has made significant progress in the summer period going into the new season.

“Yes it is disappointing to go out of the cups early, but we have developed a young squad that shows a huge potential.

“Obviously at the moment they are a work in progress, so there will be a fluctuation in performances, but we just need everyone to stay positive.

“We have a manager that comes with a good record of knowledge, who is respected and is someone I have the upmost confidence in.

“I totally understand any concerns and frustrations and like I always say supporters are the most important people at the club.”

Barkingside’s next opportunity to get back on track and secure their first victory in 90 minutes will occur tomorrow (Tuesday) at Sawbridgeworth Town.

Walther takes his team to Crofters End looking for a maiden league success this term and they will face a Robins side who themselves have not won in the division for over a month – their last league win took place on August 18 at home to Woodford Town.

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