Barkingside braced for hectic schedule

BARKINGSIDE boss Tony Fenn is hopeful that a change of month will bring a positive change to the weather, with his team due to play 10 times in March.

A series of postponements mean ‘Side have not played since their 2-1 win at Burnham Ramblers on February 12 and they have up to seven games in hand on those around them in the Essex Senior League.

Fenn concedes that it is difficult to know at this stage how his side may fair this season, but feels they are capable of winning all 10 fixtures in the month ahead.

“It could go either way for us this season with so many games in hand,” he admitted. “We could either travel up the table or it could backfire having to squeeze all the games in.

“There’s no target for the month, we just have to take each one as it comes and hopefully win them all. We’re good enough to.

“Hopefully we can get all our games on this week, because we’re running out of dates to arrange fixtures otherwise.

“There was a game on Enfield’s pitch last Saturday, despite all the rain, so our match this week should be on.

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“Redbridge played at Oakside on Tuesday and providing the bad weather holds off I think we should get the two games in next week.”

Barkingside travel to league leaders Enfield 1893 on Saturday, before back-to-back home matches with Clapton and Bowers & Pitsea on Monday and Wednesday.

Fenn will be without Billy Mole, Danny Saberoache, Chris Lockwood and Josh Green who are all suspended for the trip to Goldsdown Road and fears a lack of playing time in recent weeks could lead to a slow start.

“It’s more than likely, we haven’t played for so long, but Enfield lost last Saturday,” he said.

“It seems to be very even throughout the league, apart from Stansted who are unbeaten.

“It’s all about how the boys react, because they have to play a lot of football. We’ve got players suspended, but it’s vital that we utilise the squad over the next two weeks anyway.

“The positive in all this is that everyone in the squad knows they’ll get playing time, because no-one can play three games in a week, no matter who they are.”