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Another defeat intensifies Barkingside relegation fears

Barkingside's Matt Waldron looks to hold off Dereham rival Danny Beaumont (pic: Eastern Daily Press/Matthew Usher) Barkingside's Matt Waldron looks to hold off Dereham rival Danny Beaumont (pic: Eastern Daily Press/Matthew Usher)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5:30 PM

Another game, another defeat for Barkingside.

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The 4-2 reverse at play-off chasing Dereham Town, their eighth on the bounce in Ryman One North, intensified Side’s relegation fears.

And manager Matt Frew bemoaned his team’s luck as they slipped to another loss, saying: “It’s the story of our season so far. We played well, in the second half 
especially, but three of the four goals we conceded were really sloppy.

“Their penalty was never a penalty. Their striker 
controlled the ball with his arm, our defender stood his ground and got a little too tight. Everyone thought he was going to blow for a free-kick to us.”

Norfolk outfit Dereham took the lead through Adam Smith, but a comical own goal from Gary Starling put Side back on terms.

Luke Tuttle’s deflected shot restored the hosts lead but Matt Gulfer’s penalty, after a foul on Tom Davie, ensured the teams went in level at the break.

Matt Waldron went close to giving Side the lead from fully 40 yards but, in a case of history repeating 
itself, they crumbled late on.

Shaun Bammant gave Dereham the lead for a third time with 15 minutes left and Tuttle’s controversial penalty clinched the points.

Side remain fourth from bottom of the table, but Frew admits they are ‘staring relegation in the face.’

“I don’t know where the next points are going to come from,” he said.

“People from other clubs are always coming up to me telling me what a great job I’m doing and I’m sick and tired of hearing it.

“I don’t want to be worrying about what other teams are doing, whether they are dropping points and doing us favours.

“I want teams worrying about us. If we can get a 
couple of wins under our belt we’ll soon creep up the table, but we’re stuck in a horrible rut at the moment.”

Mid-table Aveley are the next obstacle to that elusive victory at Oakside this weekend.

And Frew cited Wroxham as an example of what can happen when a team gains a bit of momentum.

He said: “Wroxham have shot up a number of places with a couple of victories.

“We need to keep going. We need to get some points on the board against Aveley.

“But the boys are positive and they’re keeping their heads up. They’re optimistic they’ll turn it around, and so am I.”

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