Barkingside boss Frew prepared for ‘biggest’ game

PUBLISHED: 18:00 24 December 2014

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Derby rivals set to do battle

Barkingside boss Matt Frew believes Saturday’s derby with Redbridge is his biggest ever game in management.

The Cricklefield outfit have failed to win any of their last seven games going into the fixture, but took positives from their 1-0 League Cup exit to Ryman Premier side Grays Athletic on Monday.

And with both teams struggling at the wrong end of the Ryman North table going into the fixture, Frew knows it’s crucial to bridge the gap on the Motormen when they return to their former Oakside home at the weekend.

“Saturday will definitely be a battle and it’s my biggest game since becoming a manager,” said Frew.

“I have been doing this three and a half years now and this game is easily the most important one.

“We have games in hand over Redbridge, but you have to win them and with other sides picking up points around us that creates more pressure.

“We will be going back to a place I still call our home and we have to get the three points as we can ill afford for them to extend their advantage over us.

“We will do whatever it takes to get the win, even if it is playing ugly, because we need the win.”

Frew’s side are on exactly the same number of points as they were at this stage last season when they occupied 19th spot, but much to his disappointment, they find themselves in the relegation zone this time round.

“That’s frustrating,” said Frew.

“But the league is a lot stronger this season and everyone seems capable of beating each other.

“We know it’s going to be tough, but it is a big month for us with a lot of games and we have to start picking up some results.”

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