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Barking’s Gardner believes Cheshunt strugglers will improve, but hopes not yet!

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 November 2017

Jay Knight in action for Barking at Norwich United (pic Terry Gilbert)

Jay Knight in action for Barking at Norwich United (pic Terry Gilbert)

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Barking manager Justin Gardner believes Cheshunt are currently in a false position ahead of their clash this weekend.

The Blues travel to Hertfordshire to face the surprise Bostik North strugglers on Saturday (3pm) as they look to keep picking up points to get away from the bottom of the table.

“I think Cheshunt are in a false position,” Gardner said.

“I don’t know whether that’s down to something going on, but I’m sure they will get out of it.

“They’re definitely one of the bigger boys in the league, they have a great set-up and great facilities.”

Gardner praised the Cheshunt squad and pin-pointed the club’s top goalscorer Jason Hallett as their danger man.

“They have one of the best finishers in the league in Jason Hallett,” he added.

“He scores week in and week out and always finishes the season with 25 goals or more. We have to be wary of him.

“George Lutaaya has just gone back there and was a really good player for them before.

“They’ve got Daniel Cheema from Billericay. He hasn’t been playing much lately, but I’ve heard good things about him.

“They also have a lot of good players who have been there for a few years, like Tom Bruno.”

The manager is also hoping Cheshunt do not find their form against his side, although he is backing them to start climbing up the league table.

“They’re in a false position and I know they will start climbing up the table, so hopefully it will just be after Saturday,” he said.

“I want to win, but if we get a point I’ll be a happy man.”

Gardner’s side will be boosted by the return of captain Abs Seymour who missed Barking’s 1-1 draw at Norwich United on Saturday due to suspension.

He said: “Abs will be back from suspension and will go back into the squad of 16, but I will have to decide who is playing.”

The boss was frustrated at taking just a point against the league strugglers on Saturday, adding: “I was disappointed after the game on Saturday as I felt we should have and could have won the game.

“I’m very disappointed with how the first half went. The second half I couldn’t fault them as they did everything I asked except win the game.”

Barking, at home to Ware last night (Tuesday), also travel to Aveley on Monday (7.45pm).

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