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Barkingside boss hurt by latest loss

Barkingside manager Matt Frew contemplates another defeat (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Barkingside manager Matt Frew contemplates another defeat (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions
Monday, February 17, 2014
6:10 PM

It was a real kick in the teeth says Frew

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Barkingside boss Matt Frew was left extremely unhappy by his side’s painful 5-0 defeat to last season’s Essex Senior League rivals Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.

It was going well for the visitors until the 59th minute in their Ryman One North Division clash, but it quickly went downhill after Burnham’s opener.

Frew felt his side were the better team in the opening period and believed the blustery conditions played a factor.

“It was a real kick in the teeth and I thought it was a game we were capable of winning, considering they were in the same league as us last season,” said Frew.

“I’m not one for excuses but whatever team had the wind was going to be in the ascendency. We was the better side in the first half and had two or three opportunities, but we weren’t clinical enough.

“We should have created more chances with the wind, but credit to Burnham they defended excellently in the first half against the wind.

“We started brilliantly second half, created a couple of chances and was playing our football. I was thinking ‘blimey why couldn’t we play like this with the wind’. Then it all went wrong.

“It was one defensive error. Burnham’s lad goes round my defender and scores and it was one-way traffic from there.”

Frew conceded he couldn’t take positives from the first half performance and instead asked his team to show the character required in a relegation battle.

After Barkingside’s ninth straight league defeat, he added: “We did well first half but I can’t keep defending the boys and saying they did well here and there. The boys have got to roll their sleeves up and show some character now.

“I get a lot of people after the game supporting me, the chairman is fully behind me, but it’s now down to the players. It hasn’t been the best weekend and it is still sore.”

Side’s cause was boosted however by relegation rivals Erith & Belvedere losing 10-1 at Thurrock on Thursday and 4-0 to Sudbury on Saturday.

It failed to cheer up Frew too much though.

“Erith getting beat has done us a favour,” he added. “But if we had picked up points I feel we should have, then we could have a cushion by now.

“I’m not a happy manager at the moment.”

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