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Ryman One North preview: Barkingside v Waltham Forest
Barkingside host Waltham Forest tonight in the Ryman One North and it is a match that manager Matt Frew admits will be special for most connected with Side.
It will be Barkingside’s last Monday night match at Oakside as they move to Ilford’s Cricklefield Stadium next season and Frew is hoping they leave their home with a win.
Side are six points ahead of Wroxham, who occupy the last relegation place, and victory tonight would mean the Yachtsmen have to win all of their remaining three league fixtures to catch Barkingside’s points tally.
As Wroxham have to face title hopefuls Witham Town in their run in, three points this evening would most likely confirm Side’s place as a Ryman team for next season.
Frew said: “For me, tonight is extra special because it is our last Monday night game at Oakside so I want us to go out there and finish with a win.
“It is in our own hands now, we are six points clear of Wroxham and with a game in hand so if we win tonight they can’t afford any more slip ups and we will be above Brentwood Town as well.
“We just want to see how high we can finish. The job isn’t done and a lot of people are saying we are safe but football is a funny old game and until it is mathematically confirmed that we can’t be relegated I won’t be relaxing.”
Barkingside’s opponents this evening, Waltham Forest, need to achieve a win as failure to pick up three points would mathematically confirm their relegation.
And although Frew accepts Forest’s poor goal differences mean it would take a “miracle” for them to stay up anyway, he won’t be taking Forest lightly this evening.
He added: “They will be playing for pride tonight and to try and stay in the league, although it would take a miracle anyway I think.
“But it is not going to be easy and obviously I would rather be in our position.”
Frew will also be without several first-team regulars as work commitments and suspensions affect the squad available to him.
However, he has backed the players coming in to the team to match the level of performance Barkingside have been replicating on a regular basis recently.
“I am a bit worried about tonight because I’m without a lot of players,” Frew revealed.
“I’m down to the bare bones. I have suspensions and people unavailable through work so I’ve not got too many options.
“I’ll have to bring some other guys in but I trust that they can do a job.”