Barkingside boosted by better options

17:00 07 August 2014

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football L

Frew feels team has more goal potential

Barkingside powered their way through pre-season with six wins from seven games and an impressive 39 goals.

And manager Matt Frew believes this potency could be the difference in Ryman One North this time around.

The Sky Blues finished last season in 20th place after flirting with relegation for much of the campaign, but optimism has grown after recent results.

A trip to Thamesmead Town will be Barkingside’s first test on Saturday before they host Maldon on Monday.

Frew said: “Ryman North is very cruel – I found that last year. You might only get one or two chances and you’ve got to take them.

“You can create five chances and not score, then the opposition might have one chance and put it in the back of the net.

“This year I feel we’ve got goals throughout the team. There are a lot of options there as well, we’re young, very quick, there’s a lot of experience, so it’s a good mix.

“It’s going to be a tough game on Saturday and we’ve just got to give it our all. If we do that then I can’t ask anymore from the players.”

Barkingside ended pre-season with a 4-1 win over Ryman Premier side Grays on Monday, having thumped Debden (12-0), Halstead Town (8-0) and been 6-0 up when their match at Takeley was abandoned.

Frew is keen to focus on his side’s league campaign, though, instead of dwelling on success achieved in friendlies.

“If we slip up on Saturday then it’s all out the window and forgotten about,” he added. “We need to kick on now and I still think we can play a bit better.

“The boys have worked hard in pre-season and the rewards are showing. Hopefully we can get a good start to the season.”

Even success has its down sides though, as pleasing performances have created competition for places, which inevitably means some will have have to sit out the season opener.

Frew said: “The squad’s very strong and it’s just competition for places now. I said to the boys that we can laugh and joke now, but some of the boys are going to be disappointed on Saturday and there will be some players that won’t even make the 16.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyate celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the EFL Cup, round of 16 match at the London Stadium.

Hammers Kouyate is relishing his new role in central defence as his goal helps sink Chelsea

Old Loughts are looking for a seventh straight win in East Premier A (pic Iain McAuslan)

Men seek to extend 100 per cent start

Leyton Orient goalkeeper Sam Roach in action for Barkingside against Barking recently (pic Terry Gilbert)

Find out how Sammy Moore, Michael Clark and Sam Roach have been getting on over the past week

Old Loughts women discuss tactics (pic Peter Joarder)

Norwich City sent pack at Chigwell

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport


Show Job Lists


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now