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Monday, March 17, 2014
Ryman One North preview: Barkingside v Erith & Belvedere
Last Monday felt like a huge match for Barkingside but this evening’s Ryman One North fixture against Erith & Belvedere feels even bigger and manager Matt Frew believes it is the most important of his managerial career.
Frew’s team have drawn their last two home games 1-1 – against Wroxham last Monday and at the weekend against a strong Needham Market side.
In between was a 4-0 defeat to promotion hopefuls Witham Town but all that matters tonight is three points.
“It’s going to be a massive battle. Both teams will be up for it but if we play like we have been, I am confident we can get three points,” said Frew.
“A draw wouldn’t be enough for me. I wouldn’t be happy with a draw and that is probably me being greedy but we need a win.
“It would be massive because it would make it two games where we’ve got good results and it would give us some more momentum.
“It is bigger than the cup final last year, the game we needed to win to come second in the Essex Senior League. It is the most important game of my managerial career.”
Frew wants his team to take their chances after being guilty of missing too many in recent home matches.
He also backed the characters in the Side team to help them see the match through if it’s nervy late on.
Frew added: “I’m looking forward to it. I’m not nervous, I feel like I am playing again, I am pumped up. I need to translate that into the players but they will be up for it.
“Every chance we make we need to be putting in the back of the net. We have to take our chances but also defend well because we always need more than one goal at the moment.
“I’ve got good characters in the squad and when you are 1-0 up with five minutes to go, it is going to be nervy but if we are in that situation I’d back my players.”
Barkingside held firm against Needham Market after Steve Carvell had given his team an early lead.
The visitors hit back just before half time to earn a point but Frew praised the performance and believes a corner has been turned, he said: “If anyone had offered me a point beforehand I would have taken it but the way we played I was a little disappointed.
“The boys rolled their sleeves up though and put in a performance so I was really pleased.
“We created good chances we just couldn’t take them. It was fourth game in a row that we have played well in and I think we have really turned the corner now.”
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