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Vital weekend for Barkingside in bid to ease relegation fears

Chas Liddiard of Barkingside and Jack Carlile of Redbridge. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Chas Liddiard of Barkingside and Jack Carlile of Redbridge. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Friday, February 28, 2014
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Barkingside manager Matt Frew admitted it’s worrying times for his team as they find themselves entrenched in a Ryman One North relegation dogfight.

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Side lost 5-3 at home to landlords Redbridge on Monday night, a result which extended their winless run to 11 games.

But they face a massive game at the weekend when they host basement-boys Waltham Forest and Frew knows the importance of the encounter.

“I’ve said to the boys it is down to them to turn this round and to be honest we are in a dogfight now,” said Frew.

“We are in a relegation battle and I have known that from the start. We have got to keep working hard and dust ourselves down ready for Saturday.

“We’ll keep going to the end. We have got to play all the teams in and around us still and that’s where we have to pick up the points. We can’t draw those games, we’ve got to win them. If we don’t, then we could find ourselves being relegated.”

The disappointing run could not have come at a worse time for the Oakside outfit as they approach the final two months of the season.

And while Side continue to work with no budget, others in and around them in the relegation scrap are throwing money at it, according to Frew.

“Waltham Forest is a massive game and the worrying thing is that a lot of teams below us are all signing players,” he added.

“I have heard Erith have a bit of a dual thing with Welling so they are going to get stronger. Ware have got a load of new players and are throwing money about and you hear all this and we haven’t got a penny.

“It is worrying times, but all we can do is worry about ourselves and try to get the points on the board. Saturday is huge for the club and we have got to win it, there are no two ways about it.”

Scoring goals has not been the problem for Side this season, with 47 to their name going into the match against the Stags.

Their worries lie at the other end having conceding an alarming 93 – an average of over three a game.

That will only get worse with impending suspensions for centre halves Bobby Port and Sean Crossley, who were sent off in successive games against Maldon & Tiptree and Redbridge respectively.

They did pick up a point against Maldon on Saturday in a 2-2 draw, but conceded late on to deny them what would have been a big three points.

“We haven’t got a problem scoring goals, we just concede too many,” remarked Frew.

“We’ve scored three at home against Redbridge, but you think that would at least see you through for a point. The same thing happened against Waltham Abbey, we scored four, but got beat 5-4. I am just repeating myself all the time. It’s the story of our season.”

After Saturday’s game, Frew is set to take his side to promotion contenders Witham Town on Tuesday.

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