Walther admits FA Vase is big for Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 16:30 22 September 2017

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (left) and assistant Leon Lewis (centre)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther (left) and assistant Leon Lewis (centre)


Barkingside manager Michael Walther admits their FA Vase clash with Whitton United is big for the club.

Side host the Eastern Counties League Division One outfit at Cricklefield Stadium on Sunday in hope of progressing into the first round.

The club will be hoping they can win the second qualifying round tie and bag the £725 prize money to boost the club financially.

“It’s obviously big for the club in terms of money that could possibly come from winning the game,” Walther said.

“It’s a nice occasion as well – a Sunday fixture – and we’ll just go out again with the same positive frame of mind, trying to get a result.”

The boss admits he does not know too much about the opposition, but expects they will be strong and up for the match.

“I don’t know much about them. They got beat by Basildon United in the FA Cup 5-0 last season, but they’re now second in the first division, so they’re obviously doing well,” he said.

“I would’ve thought they’d be strong but maybe not as strong as Stowmarket Town who we previously played, but normally teams from that league are very well organised, they work hard for each other and no doubt it will be a tough game.”

Walther’s men go into the match on the back of two defeats to their local rivals but the manager admits he is not worried about their form.

“Ilford have beaten us 1-0 in what was a very close game and Redbridge beat us 2-1, so on a positive side of things, when we are having negative results, we’re not getting beat by two or three. They are close games that could go either way,” he added.

Barkingside are expected to put out a similar line-up against Whitton as they did against Redbridge last week.

“At the moment we’re working off 19 to 20 players so sometimes there are a few rotations, but generally we stick to a similar side,” he added.

“Tony Cookey was on the bench against Redbridge, next time we play he might be starting. Generally someone comes out and someone goes in, so everyone is getting game time.”

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