March 15 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Thursday, January 16, 2014
The clash with Ryman One North relegation rivals Erith & Belvedere on Saturday is a ‘must-win’ game for Barkingside.
So says manager Matt Frew, who saw his side slip to their sixth successive league defeat last weekend when going down 4-2 away at Sudbury.
But Frew is confident his players will turn around the poor form which has left them perilously close to the drop zone.
“A win would give us a bit of breathing space,” said Frew.
“It’s a real six-pointer. We know how hard it is to get wins in this league, but we’re going to go all out for three points.
“I’m pretty certain we’re going to turn things around.”
Side got off to the worst possible start in Suffolk, after Sudbury’s pitch passed a morning inspection, as they conceded what Frew thought was a ‘dubious’ penalty after two minutes.
James Baker converted for the hosts, but the impressive Chas Liddiard slotted in to level the scores before an outstanding 40-yard strike from Jack Cawley restored Sudbury’s lead.
Liddiard equalised for a second time just before half-time, but after an end-to-end second half, late goals from Baker and Scott Mitchell crushed Side’s resistance.
Frew considered it as a case of history repeating itself as a decent display saw his side come away with nothing once again.
He added: “I had mixed emotions afterwards. There are a lot of positives, but again no points.
“We have got no issues scoring goals and the game could have gone either way. We need to stop conceding so many, but I can’t pinpoint anyone in defence who has been letting us down.
“The boys have worked tirelessly and if we keep performing like this, we will start picking up points.”
Erith & Belvedere are four points behind Side in the third and final relegation place, but they do have two games in hand.
Frew is looking to strengthen his squad and moved to bring in striker Lewis Francis from Ryman One North rivals Romford.
Francis will be available for Saturday’s encounter at Oakside and Frew added: “He has got goals in him, he’s got bags of pace and he’s another option up front.
“I made sure I approached Magic (Romford manager Paul Martin) when I heard Lewis wanted to come to us.
“I played under him and it was the right thing to do.”
The Oakside derby against Redbridge was postponed for the second time this season due to a waterlogged pitch on Monday night.
The match will now be played on Monday, February 24, while Side are now due to host Chatham on February 17 and visit Witham on March 4