Barkingside boss Frew: Early equaliser was crucial
08:30 09 February 2015
Barkingside manager Matt Frew reflects on 2-1 win over Soham Town Rangers, the arrival of Jake Giddings and the departure of Matt Gulfer.
Barkingside manager Matt Frew admits getting their first goal just after half time was crucial as they came from behind to pick up a big 2-1 win over Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.
They trailed to Dan Brown’s first half strike, however, Joe Bricknell’s goal direct from a corner, and Calvin Poku’s strike ensured Frew’s outfit completed the league double over their Cambridgeshire opponents at the weekend.
And Frew believes the first goal after just four minutes of the second half helped put his side on the front foot, and set them up perfectly for Poku’s winner.
“We beat these at their place 5-1 earlier in the season, but they are a good side,” said Frew.
“I knew it was going to be hard, but the boys have dug in.
“I thought we were the better team second half. Being 2-1 you haven’t got that cushion you want and you are going to be put under pressure, but I thought the boys dealt with it well and they deserved it.
“It was important to get that first goal early on in the second half. I told the boys whoever will get the next goal will go on to win the game. If they get it they are 2-0 up and they would be safe.”
The equaliser may have been bizarre with Bricknell’s inswinging corner finding a way past Tom Warren in the Soham goal, however, Frew was equally as delighted with Poku’s winner, with the striker back in the side with Lee Weemes out suspended.
“It was a bit weird how it went in, it was direct from a corner,” said Frew.
“Joe has got a great left foot though and that’s what he is capable of doing. He’s whipped it into the danger area and he was saying it was over the line before it was headed into the roof of the net.
“Poku has come in because Lee Weemes is suspended. He’s been given his opportunity and it’s a great shot and goal.”
Jake Giddings came straight into the side following his arrival from Waltham Abbey, and Frew was delighted with his impact
“He’s got a lot of energy and is only young and I thought to get through that game showed a lot of character. I thought he was tremendous. He’s got great feet and is very tricky,” said Frew.
But Barkingside have lost midfielder Matt Gulfer after he opted to join league rivals Maldon & Tiptree late last week
And though disappointed to lose someone of Gulfer’s talent, Frew wishes him all the best.
“Losing Matt is a sore one. He was left out at Needham Market and I had an impact on the team even though I wasn’t there,” said Frew.
“I spoke to Mel Ramsey on the Friday night about the selection. I thought he had been trying a bit hard and things haven’t been going for him.
“Sometimes you need that little kick, to be left out and it’s how you respond. He’s got a friend there at Maldon – Darren Behcet and no doubt a few people have been in his earhole.
“I told him I am disappointed to lose him. I didn’t want to lose him. He’s a good player and I have always believed in him, but he’s gone to Maldon and I have brought Jake in as his replacement and we have to move on.”