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Barkingside boss Frew: Performances bode well for survival fight

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

Friday, January 24, 2014
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Tuesday’s trip to Heybridge may have ended with a 1-0 defeat for Barkingside, but boss Matt Frew believes if they can reproduce the performance in their next two ‘crucial’ games it will bode well for their Ryman One North survival bid.

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Swifts, under the leadership of former Redbridge boss Jody Brown, took the three points on offer thanks to Chris Bryan’s effort, but Side had a Calvin Poku goal ruled out for offside, which Frew debated.

And while aware it was yet another loss, Frew was proud of the effort put in by Barkingside as they head into home games against fellow strugglers Wroxham on Saturday and Erith & Belvedere on Monday.

“Tuesday was a weird one really as it was probably one of the performances of the season,” said Frew.

“We limited them to two shots on goal and unfortunately one of them went in the bottom corner.

“Calvin had a goal disallowed for offside which I thought was dubious, and at the moment we aren’t getting the luck.

“But the performance was good and we now have to make sure we can reproduce that. If we can perform like that every week then I have no doubt we will be okay.”

He added: “The next two games are cup finals. I know we have games in hand over both, but there is no doubting that they are massive games.

“If we perform we like we did on Tuesday then I can only see one winner. But you look at Wroxham and they beat Soham on Tuesday.

“If I was a betting man you would have that down as a Soham win, but we have to be on top of our game.”

Side will be hoping to get both games on at Oakside, although the pitch has been deemed unplayable over recent weeks; Barkingside’s 4-3 loss to Harlow on December 14 is the last game to be played on the surface.

But Frew will go into both games without Chas Liddiard and Andy Edmunds, with the duo unavailable and injured respectively.

Both absences are a blow for Side, but Frew admits if they had striker Liddiard available every week they would not be in the position they now find themselves in.

“Both are out for Saturday, but Chas should be back for Monday,” added Frew.

“It’s unfortunate for Chas with his work commitments because he’s been in good form of late. If he’d been available to me every week I believe we’d be higher up the league.”

Frew will be running the rule over potential signings last night (Thursday) at training, and both could be available on Saturday if he opts to add them to his ranks.

“Because we don’t pay anything I have got to look at all my options available,” he said.

“It would be foolish if I didn’t take at look at anyone who is interested in joining us.”

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