Search

Free 40-page supplement celebrating the Queen’s record reign in this week’s Recorder

On sale now

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.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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 Sport Stories

30 minutes ago
Leyton Orient head coach Ian Hendon alongside Kevin Nugent (left) at Newport County (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Brisbane Road boss is certain Paul Tisdale’s Grecians will provide a tough test at St James Park

13:30
Dagenahm & Redbridge assistant manager Warren Hackett (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Assistant believes all places in Daggers team are up for grabs

Ashley Hemmings of Dagenham is congratulated by Jodi Jones after scoring the opening goal during (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

A look ahead to the weekend’s best value bets

12:45
Sydney Russell celebrate winning the Essex Under-13 Cup final against St Martin's

Essex FA release football details

Most read sport

Competitions

Happy viewing!

MyOffers are giving you that chance to win an amazing Samsung 55” Curve HD TV.

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder