Essex Senior League: Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer delights in second-half showing after win over Tower Hamlets
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 August 2016
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Side manager thrilled with improvement after break at Cricklefields
Barkingside boss Gursel Gulfer hailed his team’s ‘comfortable’ win against Tower Hamlets, as they earned their valuable first points in the Essex Senior League.
Side welcomed Hamlets to Cricklefields in what turned out to be an easy match for Gulfer’s squad as they ran out 4-0 winners.
There wasn’t much in the game at half time as both teams struggled to dominate, until a second-half brace from Luke With and goals from Jason Fontaine and Michael Ademiluyi were enough to wrap up the victory for Side.
“The first half was very difficult because both teams set out their stall and they made it very hard for us,” said Gulfer.
“At half time I knew I needed to change a few things, as the first half was very tit for tat.
“I realised that we needed to play higher up and press them a little more. I knew that if we stretched the game then we could really cause them some damage.
“After 10 minutes we managed to get the first goal and from then on at 1-0 it was comfortable in the end.”
Boss Gulfer also admitted that he was impressed with the performance of tall striker Luke With, who grabbed two goals and an assist on the night.
“Luke is a very important player to the team, and played very well last night,” he added.
“In the FA Cup he starts his three-match suspension (August 20) so I expect him to contribute even more to the team in the next couple of matches against Barking and Redbridge before the suspension starts.”