December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 25, 2013
Barkingside boss Matt Frew is keen to build up some league momentum as he prepares his side to host Waltham Abbey this weekend at Oakside.
They lost out 3-2 on Tuesday night in the League Cup at Cheshunt where Frew rested several first team players, but he enjoyed his side’s performance last Saturday, where they beat Waltham Forest 1-0. thanks to Toran Senghore’s effort.
That was a result that delighted the manager and he admitted it’s lifted the changing room atmosphere.
“It is surprising what a couple of results can do for the changing room,” said Barkingside’s manager. “Everyone seems more relaxed, there is a bit of a buzz about the place again.
“We need to build a little bit of momentum. We had that last season and if we can get a few good league results we’ll have it again.”
On Tuesday night’s defeat, Frew added: “We are never going to win a competition like that and my main focus has to be making sure we stay in the Ryman League.
“When we become established then I’ll be looking to have good runs in these competitions.”
Frew has found there’s a big difference between fitness levels at Essex Senior League and the Ryman League and he admits he may have misjudged that at first. And he feels his side are ready for the challenge that Waltham Abbey will bring at the weekend.
“We trained really hard last week, I brought the boys in for a spinning class,” he said.
“Our fitness wasn’t good enough. I thought it was but I was wrong, we were getting tired but we are improving that.
“Waltham Abbey are flying but everyone is beating everyone so we will see how it goes and keep believing.”
Barkingside travel to Witham Town in the Essex Senior Cup on Tuesday.