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Mixed emotions for Barkingside boss

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Thursday, December 5, 2013
2:00 PM

It was a week of mixed emotions for Barkingside boss Matt Frew as his team picked up three points from two games in the space of three days.

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An impressive 2-1 win at Tilbury was followed by a 3-0 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Thurrock, and the manager preferred to dwell on the positives of an up-and-down few days as he urged his players to be more consistent.

The results combined to leave Side 15th in Ryman One North.

Frew said: “We played some great stuff in the first half against Tilbury, it was a good all round performance.

“But I was pleased with the way we battled in the second half when our backs were against the wall. We showed resilience to hold on for the three points.”

Quickfire goals from Aaron Scott and Andy Edmunds put Side in control against Tilbury before Danny Adewinkle made for a nervy finish.

And Barkingside were holding Thurrock to a 0-0 draw at Oakside at half time on Monday, before the Essex side cut loose after the break.

A double from David Knight and one from Robert Clark did the damage, while Corey Ellis was sent off late on for Side.

“We’d have taken a point before kick off, but we’re 0-0 at half time and you think maybe it’s your day,” he explained.

“But then we defend like that and they score two goals, game over.

“They were impressive, pressing as a unit and breaking quickly.”

Next up are Soham Town Rangers at Oakside, who are on a run of five consecutive wins in Ryman One North.

But Frew believes it’s an opportunity to pick up some much-needed points against a team four places higher in the table.

“We have to be picking up points against the teams around us, starting with Soham,” he said.

“We need to get some consistency going. Really there’s two leagues in this division. There’s the few teams battling for promotion and then there’s the rest from mid-table down who are looking to survive.”

Ellis, along with Edmunds – who picked up his fifth booking of the season against Thurrock – will both face suspensions over the festive 
period.

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