Pay us what you want to watch say Barkingside
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 October 2015
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Fans can choose entry fee for club’s Non-League Day match with Maldon
It’s Non-League Day this Saturday, with teams across the country getting involved, and Barkingside are no exception.
Fans attending their Ryman North game against Maldon & Tiptree can pay what they want, as children and members of the armed forces and local emergency services get free entry.
Anyone who purchases a programme on the day will also be given half price entry to the club’s next home game on October 12 against Cheshunt.
With the special offer intended to boost the crowd at Cricklefield Stadium this weekend, Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer hopes it will lift his team.
“I hope we get a good crowd in for the game. We tried to switch it to a Friday night because we thought even more people would come,” he said.
“It’s important to get a good result, not just for the fans who will come and watch, but also for the club and the players.
“People may have their opinions about how we are doing so far, but no player has come to me yet to say they want to leave.”
With a larger crowd than usual expected this weekend the pressure might be on Side to play an exciting game.
But with just two wins in all competitions this season, Gulfer says his sole focus is on winning.
The latest defeat came last weekend at Tilbury when they exited the FA Trophy.
Barkingside had done well for the first 70 minutes at Chadfields, but conceded five without reply in the final 17 minutes to lose heavily.
Harry Cook opened the scoring for the hosts, before Daniel Glozier, Tony Martin (2) and former Redbridge man Emiel Aiken got their names on the scoresheet.
It was their third straight loss in league and cup action for Barkingside and Gulfer is itching to get another win on the board quickly.
He added: “I don’t care how we play. I’d love to play an attractive brand of football but it’s a results business.
“In a way I hope the sun isn’t out as we seem to indulge in a bit too much sunbathing when it is. An ugly 1-0 win against Maldon will be good enough for me. All that matters is the points.
“We’ve done okay so far and it’s taken time for me to be happy with the squad of players I have. But this is it now for the time being, I don’t think I’ll make many more additions.”
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