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Barkingside boss calls for extending the season

Barkingside manager Matt Frew. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Barkingside manager Matt Frew. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
3:26 PM

Barkingside boss Matt Frew hopes the Ryman League consider extending the end of the season after more postponements this week.

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The final match of the Ryman One North campaign is due to be on April 26, which would leave Side to play 20 games in less than three months, providing no more games are called off, which looks unlikely at present.

After Saturday’s clash with Wroxham fell foul of the elements, Frew said: “It’s becoming a joke. Would it hurt to put the end of the league back? I’m sure most of the managers would go for that.”

Frew thinks his team could end up playing two or three games a week for the rest of the season with the current backlog.

It will be quite a burden for a group of semi-professional players who have day jobs, and Frew is frustrated his team did not have the opportunity to carry on the impressive form shown in last midweek’s 1-0 defeat at Heybridge.

Despite the loss, the Oakside outfit were cheered off by fans of their promotion-chasing rivals, but could not quite claim a point.

He said: “I couldn’t ask for more of them. We restricted Heybridge to two shots on target, and I suppose that’s the difference.

“It was the best performance of the season and we need to look to continue that momentum, but it’s difficult with postponements. We’ve been training a lot, but you can’t beat competitive games.”

Side are due to visit play-off chasing Dereham on Saturday – a match Frew hopes will go ahead with the Norfolk side having few home cancellations this season.

Frew has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from with just Andy Edmunds (hamstring) out.

“We need to win a few games to pull clear of the bottom three,” said Frew. “We’re improving, we’re growing and adapting to the league, but we need some results. I hope it goes ahead. I don’t fancy going there on a Tuesday night.”

n Barkingside are running a coach to Dereham, which leaves the Post House at Brentwood at 10.30am. Tickets are £18.

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