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Inconsistent form frustrates Barkingside

Thursday, December 12, 2013
2:30 PM

Barkingside’s frustratingly inconsistent form continued with a 2-0 loss at home to Soham Town Rangers on Saturday.

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And assistant manager Steve Munday was ‘disappointed’ with the poor performance in a game Side had earmarked as winnable.

Ahead of some tough matches against play-off hunting outfits –starting with Saturday’s Oakside clash with Harlow Town – Munday is adamant they need to string some wins together to inch clear of the 
Ryman One North relegation zone.

“We’re a little too close for comfort,” said Munday.

“Saturday was a good chance to pick up the win, but we didn’t turn up.

“Only three or four players produced decent performances, and you can’t afford that many passengers at this level.”

Joey Abbs scored both the goals for Soham, one at the end of each half.

Brian Suchley went close for Side, but Munday admitted they were well beaten.

But it doesn’t get any easier with the visit of Harlow as the Essex outfit are on a run of seven wins in eight games in all competitions, and they haven’t lost a league game since 
October 1.

Barkingside have produced some good performances against promotion challengers such as Heybridge Swifts and Needham Market and the assistant says ‘anyone can beat anyone in this league.’

“You saw that with Waltham Forest winning at Heybridge Swifts at the weekend,” said Munday.

“But to win against teams like Harlow, Witham and VCD, we’ve got to play to our maximum and they’ve got to underperform.

“I’ve always said I thought 40 points would keep us up, but it might end up being a little more than that.”

Side are 17th in Ryman One North with a crucial seven-point gap to the drop zone in their first season at this level.

But with teams at the bottom picking up points, Munday is anxious not to let that gap get any smaller.

He said: “If you go on a run, as Soham have, you can shoot up the table.

“It’s so congested. It will be difficult with the run of games we’ve got coming up, but we’ll stay positive.”

Side will be keen to pick up some points on Saturday to avoid making it seven straight defeats at Oakside.

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