July 23 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Barkingside boss Matt Frew thinks two wins from their final five Ryman One North games will be enough to stave off the threat of relegation.
Side lost 2-0 in the A 12 derby against Romford at Oakside on Monday but a recent upturn in form has lifted them out of the drop zone.
They are fifth from bottom and Frew thinks themselves or third bottom Wroxham, three points adrift of the Oakside outfit, will take the final relegation spot.
He said: “Two wins should be enough. If we can get them against Waltham Abbey on Saturday and Waltham Forest on Monday.
“We don’t want to be relying on other teams results.”
Side were hit by another sending off against rivals Romford at Oakside.
Gabriel Onireti saw red with the game goalless, the second Barkingside player to receive his marching orders in three games.
Romford took full advantage as goals from Reece Tranter and Ryan Imbert secured the points.
But the home side wasted a host of chances, hitting the post twice, and Frew criticised Onireti’s sending off while bemoaning his side’s first half performance.
“The first booking was for kicking the ball away which is really frustrating as a manager,” he said.
“The referee was being assessed and I think that affected his performance. There was no common sense.
“But there was an over the ball tackle on one of our players which I think should have been a straight red and the ref couldn’t answer why he hadn’t given it. Our player, Richard Oxby, didn’t roll around on the floor and make a meal of it.
“The first half was not good enough but we improved so much in the second half.
“Romford’s away fans clapped us off at the end and Magic (Boro boss Paul Martin) said his team didn’t deserve to win. He’s someone I have a lot of respect for so it was nice to hear but I’d rather have the points.”
Side conceded an injury time equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Soham Town Rangers as once again Frew’s men improved markedly after the break.
After Buster Harradine scored from the penalty spot for the play-off chasers, Lewis Francis and Chris Taylor looked like they had given Barkingside three vital points before Ben Sawyer popped up to deny them at the death.
Frew said: “They’re a good side but it feels like two points dropped.
“Conceding such a late goal was a sucker punch.”