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Barkingside boss seeks home comforts

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

Friday, December 20, 2013
7:30 AM

Home form is a real worry for Barkingside boss Matt Frew after defeat against Harlow Town made it seven reverses on the bounce at Oakside.

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They gave a good account of themselves, losing 4-3 to the promotion chasers in an end-to-end encounter.

The manager is aware his side need to start putting points on the board – starting with Saturday’s trip to the Ambers of Cheshunt in Ryman One North.

“It was a good performance and there’s a lot of positives to take from it,” Frew said. “They’re a side who are right up there and we could’ve won.

“But the home form is a worry. Throughout my time here in all the leagues we’ve been in we’ve been better away from home and I can’t put my finger on it.”

Harlow took the lead on Saturday through Leon Antoine, before Side skipper Dan Callaway headed them level.

Then came the game’s controversial moment just before half time. Harlow’s Alex Read scored after Barkingside had put the ball out following an injury, causing anger among the home side’s players.

But the Harlow manager Danny Chapman ordered his players to let the the visitors walk the ball into the net from the kick-off, and Dan Fontaine duly equalised on his debut.

Of the incident, Frew said: “It was bad sportsmanship.

“Fair play to their manager, he did the right thing and let us walk the ball into the net. I would have done the same and I’m not just saying that.”

Matt Gulfer (pictured right) put Side ahead for the first time just after the break, but further goals from Antoine and Read turned the game in the visitors’ favour as Side drifted nearer the relegation zone.

Frew said: “Cheshunt are just above us in the table so it would be great to pick up a result before Christmas.

“We are in a relegation battle, but we knew we would be in one from the off. It was always going to be a difficult season for us.

“Silly mistakes let us down against Harlow and we need to cut those out.”

It seems a long time ago that Barkingside slayed high-flying Heybridge Swifts at Oakside.

They are now five points above the relegation zone following Brentwood’s win at Erith & Belvedere at the weekend.

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