Barkingside boss cannot defend defence

PUBLISHED: 14:24 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:24 20 August 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and league runners-up shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and league runners-up shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Frew concerned by number of goals being conceded

Poor defending is the main concern for Barkingside manager Matt Frew, as they continue to experienced mixed fortunes in Ryman One North.

Side drew 3-3 with Brentwood at Oakside last night after a topsy turvy battle which saw them come from two goals down to lead 3-2 after 56 minutes.

Toran Senghore netted in each half, either side of Aaron Scott’s leveller.

An 81st-minute Petrit Elbi equaliser meant they had to share the spoils but Frew was most frustrated by Scott Carvell’s first-half brace, saying: “I don’t mind so much if someone scores a well-worked goal against you, but again last night we started slow and gifted them two goals.

“The first was a poor attempt to pass back to the keeper that got picked off by their forward and the other one was a free-kick where we just switched off and were still getting organised and they took it quick and tucked it in.

“Their third goal was a good goal, but we should have done better with the other two.”

Frew drew some positives from the outcome, but had a warning for his players.

He added: “They showed character and belief and fight and I can’t take that away from the boys and they expressed it all by coming from behind.

“We need to tighten up defensively. I know I should really be happy with the seven points at this stage, but we had chances to kill it off at 3-2 where we missed one-on-ones with the keeper and headed over from close range.

“If we’d have defended better it wouldn’t have mattered. You get away with that in the Essex Senior League, but you won’t get away with it here.”

There had been a more positive return on Saturday as Chas Liddiard netted twice, including a last-minute winner, to give Barkingside a 3-2 win at Chatham.

Frew was delighted with the result and heaped praise on Liddiard, saying: “It was very important to bounce back from that massive 8-3 defeat against Harlow.

“It’s good to have Chas back as he was unavailable for the first two games. He’s a natural goal-scorer and he’ll score at any level and I think his record shows that.

“It was his first full 90 minutes for a while and his first goal was a cracker, he cut in from wide and put it in the top corner.

“He has just got bags of pace, is strong and he showed that when he ran onto a through ball in the 89th minute for the winner. He’s such an important player for us.”

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