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Frew: It doesn’t get bigger than this

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, March 10, 2014
3:40 PM

Ryman Div 1N Preview: Barkingside v Wroxham

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Barkingside manager Matt Frew admits tonight’s Ryman One North fixture against Wroxham at Oakside is as big as they come, with his team languishing just one point outside the relegation places.

The importance of tonight’s clash was not lost on Frew, who wants to defeat Wroxham and drag them back into the dogfight.

Frew said: “It doesn’t come much bigger than tonight. The pressure is on, but we are at home so have an advantage.

“I’ve spoken to somebody at Heybridge Swifts, who Wroxham played at the weekend, so I have a little bit of information on them.

“It will be interesting to see how they adapt with our pitch. It could play a part. They have to travel down as well. It is a Monday night so they might not have everyone else available.

“If we play like we did on Saturday I’ll be confident we can get a result. It is a huge game for us and I feel if we can get three points it gives us a huge chance of staying in this league.”

Side lost 3-0 at the weekend to Thurrock, but it was a spirited display and they held the hosts until the 63rd minute, despite playing the majority of the match with ten men after goalie Chris Clark’s dismissal.

Frew added: “I don’t like to moan about the officials but the three goals against us were all unlucky.

“The first, one of their guys has hooked it with his hands over my defender and they have scored. The linesman said he couldn’t see it because he had the sun in his eyes, which I think is bad.

“Dave Knight is then one on one with my defender and he has pushed him with two hands, but the referee doesn’t give anything.

“The third, the linesmen flagged that it went over the line, but the reaction of the Thurrock players said it all, they didn’t even appeal.

“But I couldn’t ask for anymore from my players, we held them for the first half and for a lot of the second, but three decisions go against us. We created chances too which was pleasing.”

Barkingside’s relegation rivals were picking up points on Saturday, though, and Frew explained how he sees the league shaping up now.

“I believe it is a mini league,” he added.

“It is between Waltham Forest, Ware, Erith and ourselves.

“Then Brentwood and Wroxham are in it as well. Everyone above I think is safe personally.

“We’ve got to start getting points on the board though and what is worrying is that the teams around us, like Waltham Forest, are.”

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