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Barkingside boss Frew – Homework on Waltham Abbey paid off

Steve Carvell of Barkingside. Pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO Steve Carvell of Barkingside. Pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO

Monday, April 14, 2014
4:13 PM

Barkingside edged a step closer to survival in the Ryman One North at the weekend as they defeated Waltham Abbey 2-0 to earn another vital three points.

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Steve Carvell and Andy Edmunds scored in each half and Side defended resolutely throughout to leave manager Matt Frew delighted.

Frew revealed a scouting trip on Thursday paid dividends, he said: “I watched them against Aveley on Thursday to see the Capershotts pitch because I had heard a lot about it.

“After watching that game I knew we couldn’t play football on it so I had a game plan and credit to the boys for following it.

“We had pace up front, I played that way for a reason after watching them because although their defenders are experienced they are quite slow.”

Pace allowed Edmunds to double Barkingside’s lead a minute into the second half after Carvell had opened the scoring with just 11 minutes played.

And Frew was full of praise for Edmunds and also his defence, who kept their fourth clean sheet in eight league matches, he added: “We came out second half and the first ball we played in behind their defence Andy Edmunds ran on to it.

“The Waltham Abbey defender probably had a five-yard head start but Andy is so quick he got there ahead of him and slotted it in. It was the perfect start.

“We defended well and I think they only tested my keeper once. It was a good all round performance and great to keep another clean sheet.”

Carvell, the opening goalscorer at the Capershotts Stadium on Saturday, has also been a revelation since making his Side debut in February and has scored six times in 15 appearances this season.

Frew believes inviting the attacker over to training after receiving an email from Carvell has been one of the best decisions he has ever made in his managerial career.

On the former Exeter City youth team player, Frew said: “He is an unbelievable talent. I think he is only 19-years-old and he was with Exeter as a youngster.

“Steve actually emailed us saying can I come to training. I had a look over his CV and was impressed and to be honest inviting him over to train is probably one of my best decisions as a manager.

“He has been brilliant for us, his work rate is unbelievable. He is a pleasure to watch and manage.”

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