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Boss Frew says he’ll have a team of legends if Barkingside avoid Ryman One North drop

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

Friday, March 28, 2014
2:11 PM

Barkingside manager Matt Frew believes they will have a team of legends if his side can avoid relegation from Ryman One North this season.

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Goals from Matt Gulfer and Calvin Poku saw the Oakside outfit win 2-0 against Aveley on Monday and record their second successive home victory and clean sheet to quickly put Saturday’s disappointing 4-1 loss at leaders VCD Athletic behind them.

And with six of their last nine games also at home, including tomorrow’s meeting with Tilbury, Frew hopes they can leave the stadium on a high, after 
announcing a groundshare agreement with Ilford next season.

“There is something about teams coming here this season,” said Frew.

“Last season we were a better away side and we had an issue playing at home. We’ve got a lot of home games ahead and we seem to be playing well at home, which is pleasing.

“A lot of teams have got to come here and, although it’s not the best of pitches, it isn’t the worst. It’s held up quite well with the amount of football that is played on it, but I want to go out on a high by staying in the Ryman North.”

It may have taken some time, but the Oakside outfit now seem to be adjusting to life in the division.

And if Frew can keep his side up, he says it will go down as his biggest achievement during his time in non-league football.

“They have got a lot of fight and they realise they are in a battle now and this will make them like legends if they can keep this club in this league,” he added.

“If you keep this team in the league, it will be like winning it and they’ll be part of it.

“If we do that then it will be the biggest achievement of my football career, but there’s a lot of hard work still to do.”

Side were impressive in Monday’s win, limiting the visitors to very few chances on goal.

Frew was delighted with the spirit shown by his side and is after more of the same as the season reaches its climax.

“There’s still a long way to go,” he added. “They are all hard games left and it’s not over.

“We have just got to keep going. If we keep doing that week in, week out we should stay up, but if we haven’t we have given it a good crack.

“That kind of commitment shows how determined we are to stay in the Ryman North.”

Side defeated Tilbury at Chadfields earlier in the season 2-1, but Frew believes the Dockers will be out for revenge.

“We beat Tilbury at their ground this season where we rode our luck a bit near the end, but they will want to come here and turn us over and get one back on us,” he said.

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