Fenn eyes lift-off after first victory

Barkingside manager Tony Fenn is gearing his side up for Saturday’s Essex Senior Cup clash with Bowers & Pitsea.

BARKINGSIDE boss Tony Fenn believes his team’s season will kick-start this weekend as he prepares his charges for Saturday’s Essex Senior Cup game with Bowers & Pitsea.

The Oakside outfit got their first league win of the season on Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over Mauritius Sports, courtesy of goals from Paul Burnett, Reece Hamilton and Josh Oakley.

But Fenn (left) feels his side could have won more convincingly and he hopes it will bode well for Saturday’s League Cup game against Bowers & Pitsea.

“It was a great performance against a strong Mauritius side, who have improved a lot since Chris Wood took over,” said the Barkingside manager.

“We gave away a sloppy goal for them to level, but we completely outclassed them in the second half and we could have won by a bigger margin if we had put our chances away.

“The lads were very happy after the game and hopefully we will be able to take the confidence gained from the win into our next couple of games.”

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The Side boss was able to look at some potential new player’s in a friendly with Ilford on Saturday and despite losing 4-0, Fenn was impressed by winger Chris Lockwood, with the youngster starring in last night’s win.

Fenn is hoping, with renewed confidence in the camp, that his side will be able to get the better of Bowers & Pitsea, but admits he doesn’t know what Barkingside will turn up on Saturday.

“I would like to think we have a good chance of progressing, but I can never tell what side will turn up,” said the ’Side boss.

“If we play like we did on Tuesday then we can beat anyone, but you just have to look back at the FA Vase loss and see how poor we can play.”

Bowers & Pitsea have endured a similar start to Barkingside, albeit having played two more league games, winning only once, 2-0 against Basildon United.

But with the likes of Stuart Fergus, who has scored six goals so far, they will prove a tough test for Fenn’s men.

Meanwhile, Monday night’s scheduled League Cup game with Clapton has been cancelled due to their opponents being involved in a London Senior Cup tie with Fisher taking precedence, with a new date for the fixture yet to be arranged.