Walther expects tough game for his Barkingside team against Southend Manor

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 September 2017

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).

Michael Walther on the Old Spotted Dog touchline during his spell as Clapton manager (pic: Tim Edwards).


Barkingside manager Michael Walther expects a tough match against Southend Manor to kick start their FA Vase campaign.

Walther and his side will host their fellow Essex Senior League outfit at Cricklefield Stadium on Sunday in a bid to progress in the competition.

“It’s going to be a very tough game,” said Walther.

“I don’t think the team Southend have got is a 17th in the table side and I’m sure they won’t be.

“They’ve only played four games so far and once they’ve played their games in hand I believe they’ll be right up there.”

The manager also admits he is extremely familiar with the opposition as he watches them regularly when his side are not in action.

“I live not too far away from Southend so if we haven’t got a game I normally go to watch them play, so I know them well,” Walther added.

“They’re a tough, hard working team. Every game they play in is a close one, as they give nothing away cheaply and they have some really good players going forward.”

Walther has also admitted he is putting no pressure on his young side and is very much pleased to be a part of the competition.

“It’s nice to be involved in the Vase,” he said.

“I haven’t set any targets for the team at all as this is a rebuilding season for us.

“We’ve got a young side and we will go out to there and do the best we can do. “We’re just trying to improve and take each game at a time.

“We started the season with only one player returning from last season and that in itself is a challenge.”

Barkingside have struggled to field the same starting line-up this season and Walther is keen to bring more consistency to the side.

“We’re looking for consistency in selection and then after that in our performances,” he said.

“If we can put out what we believe is our strongest 11 we have got a chance of winning every game.”

Side go into the Vase tie off the back of a huge 6-2 victory away from home against Hullbridge Sports.

“We were much better in front of goal and the score shows that,” said Walther.

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