Fenn fears a fixture backlog

BARKINGSIDE BOSS Tony Fenn hopes his side can start to get regular action, otherwise a fixture backlog could halt his team’s progress.

’Side tasted their first action of the new year with a convincing 6-2 Essex Senior League win over Takeley last Tuesday, in only their 11th league game of the season.

And with their Oakside pitch never the best at coping with the inclement weather conditions, he and his squad just want regular action.

“The 6-2 win was good and it was just nice to have a game,” said Fenn.

“But with the spell of weather we could face and the Oakside pitch, it could make things very tough.

“We are looking at two to three games a week already and with Redbridge on the ground and also the poor weather we are bound to have, it could make it a lottery.

“You could be asking players to finish work early twice in midweek and for some that won’t be possible.

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“Professionals don’t have to play three games in a week, but we will just have to deal with it, it is something we cannot affect.”

Striker Danny Saberoache hit a hat-trick in the win, with the last coming from the penalty spot and Fenn just hopes a regular run-out will mean he can continue where he left off.

“Danny’s hat-trick was great, with some good finishes,” he said.

“We normally let Reece (Cosson) take the penalties, but as he was on a hat-trick we let Danny take it and he put it away.

“When he first came to us he came off the bench a couple of times, but then got injured and like with everyone at the moment, he needs games.”

Barkingside were due to be in action last night (Wednesday), making the trip for a league game against Bowers & Pitsea, before taking on Sawbridgeworth Town at Oakside on Saturday and then entertaining neighbours Barking on Monday night, but Fenn remains less than confident all of them will be on.

“Realistically I can only see one of them being on,” Fenn said.

“Because of the weather we may have to sacrifice the Saturday game for Monday’s one or vice versa, as I doubt the pitch will cope with two games in quick succession.”

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