Side boss praises players after derby draw
13:30 09 December 2014
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Ryman North: Barkingside 1 Romford 1
Barkingside manager Matt Frew admitted Monday night’s Ryman North match with Romford was one he didn’t enjoy, but praised the efforts of his men following the 1-1 draw at Cricklefield.
Jack Barry put the visitors into the lead after just six minutes, before Boro old boy Lewis Francis equalised four minutes later for Side.
Paul Martin’s men had Callum Ibe sent off in the first half following two bookable offences, but Frew’s team couldn’t find the decisive second goal.
And the close connection he has with Romford manager Martin, and his former club, made it a strange evening for the Cricklefield boss.
Frew said: “It is a game I don’t enjoy, as everyone knows. I have fond memories of playing for Romford.
“I know Magic obviously, and Romford is a team, other than Barkingside, that I have a lot of feelings for.
“I couldn’t knock my boys because they gave everything, but their goal comes from a mistake.
“Their keeper boots it down pitch and it is knocked down, we let someone go and haul one of their players down for a free-kick.
“It comes into the box, we lose our runners, and the ball bounces to Jack Barry and he smashes it into the net.”
Barkingside’s manager was disappointed with that goal, but pleased with the response from his side.
However, he felt his team lacked the relevant quality needed in the final third of the pitch.
He was happy they didn’t let the red card to the opposition impact their game, like it did against Maldon & Tiptree recently.
“Lewis Francis gets the equaliser for us and some of the football we played last night was exceptional, especially considering the pitch hasn’t been rolled,” added Frew.
“They got a player sent off in the first half and I had Maldon in my head again, but the boys have thrown everything at Romford.
“They did have a few chances as well, they hit the post with one shot in the second half.
“My boys kept going and going, but it was final ball or final decision on the ball that cost us the victory.”