Fenn confident of change in fortune

BARKINGSIDE may be low on numbers, but Tony Fenn’s side are starting to turn things around, writes Colin Munford.

The Oakside outfit have seen a 3-1 win over Mauritius Sports last weekend, before a 3-2 victory over league leaders Stansted in the League Cup on Tuesday, with it all showing signs of optimism as they go into their first home league game of the season against Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.

“It’s nice to actually have a home game as our start has been ridiculous with all the fixture changes,” said Fenn.

“But the last two games have shown a lot of improvement and hopefully we will continue in similar fashion.”

Strikers Jordan Tolan (pictured) and Joel Barnett had been drafted in before the Mauritius game in the hope of improving their goals-for tally, with Barnett opening his account in the 3-2 win at Stansted.

“Both of them have started well and are proven goalscorers at this level,” said the Barkingside chief.

“We beat off a few other clubs to sign Joel and he has already made a difference to the team.”

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Fenn was down to the bare bones on Tuesday, only able to call upon 13 players, but admits the injury crisis will see him add a few more bodies to the team.

“It was a good performance although we were a little jaded in the second half,” he said.

“Not many teams have beaten Stansted, and what makes it all the more pleasing was we only had 13 fit players.

“The current injury and unavailability problem will force my hand as we need a couple more people in to give us options.”

Burnham haven’t set the world alight this season, with seven points from six games in the league, but have both Billy Hunt and Mike Redmond in a rich vein of scoring form, scoring six apiece.

But the Barkingside boss can only hope his side do not revert to their old ways which has seen them draw three out of their four league games.

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