Barkingside boss expects tough derby on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 15:00 28 March 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew

Barkingside manager Matt Frew

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Frew: We will give Barking respect

Barkingside Manager Matt Frew is expecting a tough match on Saturday as his side face rivals Barking at Oakside.

He expects the Essex Senior League derby to be a close game, but believes his side are a match for anyone in the division.

Frew said: “I know a few of their players and signed some of their ex-players this season.

“It will be a tough battle and I expect it to be close, a 1-0 or a 1-1 probably, neither side will run away with it.

“Barking are a young team and we’ll give them respect.

“We’re a good side, and not many teams can match us but we need to keep our feet on the ground and keep the good run going.”

Barkingside go into the game in good form, having won their last five league matches.

They defeated Sporting Bengal 4-1 in their most recent outing last Thursday.

And Frew, pleased to be playing after several recent postponements, was delighted with his side’s performance.

“Yeah it was nice to get playing, with all the bad weather,” he added.

“It was a good all-round performance from the boys and they did everything I asked them to do.

“Sporting Bengal are a funny team. They’ve picked up some great results before our match so I knew it was going to be a tough match.

“It was one of those nights for us when everything went right, we full deserved the win and it was a great performance by the boys.”

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