Barkingside bidding for cup glory

PUBLISHED: 15:09 11 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:23 11 November 2010

Barkingside FC Manager Tony Fenn

Barkingside FC Manager Tony Fenn


Tony Fenn’s ‘Side looking for success in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy

BARKINGSIDE will hope it is third time lucky as they take on Bethnal Green United on Monday night in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.

Twice Tony Fenn’s side missed out in the final of the competition, but he has his sights set on a final-four spot if they get the better of Justin Gardener’s men in the quarter-final at Oakside.

Bethnal Green have only tasted defeat once in the Essex Senior League so far this season and Fenn knows exactly how hard the game will be.

“They are a very good side, you only need to look at the league table to see they have had a great start,” he said.

“It would be nice to get through to the final and go for a piece of silverware.

“But it all depends on which Barkingside turns up, as too often this season we haven’t been able to put together a consistent run.”

“We haven’t been helped though with the way the fixtures have run, but hopefully things will begin to change.”

Their scheduled game on Monday night at home to Takeley in the Essex Senior League was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Oakside.

Barkingside have only played one home league game all season, a statistic which frustrates Fenn.

“It has been a major problem with so few games in general,” said the ’Side boss.

“All of our team need regular games and it has just not happened so far.

“Some of them have picked up injuries and with new additions almost every week it is hard for the team to gel. That has led to the inconsistency we have seen and it’ll only change when we start to play every week.”

On Saturday they made the trip to Southend Manor, but were beaten 2-1.

The Oakside manager wasn’t too concerned with the result, only their second loss in the league this season.

“We pulled a goal back just before half time and in a way we didn’t want the half to stop.

“We were on top at that point, but after the break we didn’t perform to our best and a good side like Southend Manor will always punish you.”

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