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Barkingside boosted by return of Joe Ellul from league rivals Aveley

Joe Ellul has re-joined Barkingside from Ryman One North. Pic: Simon Atterbury Joe Ellul has re-joined Barkingside from Ryman One North. Pic: Simon Atterbury

Friday, March 7, 2014
4:10 PM

Barkingside’s problems this season have been the amount of goals they’ve conceded, and manager Matt Frew believes the signing of Joe Ellul from league rivals Aveley could be just the answer.

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Ellul, Frew’s half brother, has plenty of experience at this level as well having played for Redbridge and Maldon & Tiptree over the past few seasons, so managing to persuade him back to Oakside could prove vital in their relegation battle.

Side have shipped 93 goals so far this season, an average of over three goals a game and with impending suspensions to Bobby Port and Sean Crossley, Ellul’s return could be vital.

“Joe’s a big boost and he’ll be here to the end of the season,” said Frew. “He’s capable of playing up front as well, but we need him at the back and in my opinion that is his best position.

“He came in at Maldon & Tiptree last season for their play-off semi-final against Aveley and marked Jordan Cox, a striker who has gone on to play for Braintree this season out of the game.

“That is how good he is and to get him back is vital and he’ll slot straight in. He knows a lot of the boys as well so it won’t take any time for him to settle.”

Side face a busy week of action in their fight to avoid the drop, with a visit to promotion-chasing Thurrock on Saturday, before Monday’s home game against Wroxham and a Thursday night trip to Witham Town.

And if Frew’s charges can pick something up at the weekend, he hopes the confidence will start coming.

“Nobody expects us to get anything at Thurrock and if someone offered me a point now I would take it,” he added.

“If we can get something there it can set us up nicely for Wroxham and hopefully pull ourselves out of the situation we are in.”

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