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Barkingside aim to take big step

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 May 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew

Barkingside manager Matt Frew

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Runners-up spot up for grabs

Barkingside visit lowly Bowers tonight (Thursday) looking for three of the four points they need to ensure the runners-up spot in the Essex Senior League.

The match also acts as a dress rehearsal for the League Cup final at Rush Green next Friday, but manager Matt Frew will not use it as an indicator for that.

He said: “In the last couple of games they’ve been conceding a lot of goals and I think that where they are near the bottom, the cup final is going to be a priority and they’re resting some of their first team players.

“Some people may look at it and think it’s going to be easy for us, but we need four points from out next two games to get the runners-up spot. “I’m not going to use Thursday’s result to predict the cup final because it’s different and anyone can win a cup final on the day.”

Side travel to Basildon on Saturday, as second-place rivals Takeley take on Bethnal Green.

Frew addeds: “Basildon are hit and miss. They’ve got a newish manager with a lot of experience but you never know what they’re going to put out. “They might turn up and want to spoil our party so I’ve said to the boys our last three games are like three cup finals for us and we’ve got to go out to win them all.”

A second place finish could seal promotion to the Ryman League, but Frew will not get too carried away with the hype.

He said: “It’s my first full season as just a manager and I couldn’t really ask for a better season really, it’s been great.

“I’ve seen a lot of it (promotion talk) on Twitter but it’s mostly ifs and buts, there’s been nothing concrete. I’d like to go up but it might be a little bit early for me. I’ve got full confidence in my abilities, but it’s a difficult step.

“We can’t worry about that too much right now. We just have to keep dong what we’re doing and get that second spot.”

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