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Barkingside boss Frew seeking silver lining for season

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 May 2013

Barkingside players and backroom staff celebrate after clinching the runners-up spot in the Essex Senior League at the weekend. They face a cup final tomorrow night

Barkingside players and backroom staff celebrate after clinching the runners-up spot in the Essex Senior League at the weekend. They face a cup final tomorrow night

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Side boss Matt Frew looking for cup win to round off season

Barkingside manager Matt Frew believes a League Cup final victory over Bowers & Pitsea tonight (Friday) will be the “icing on the cake”.

Frew’s charges sealed second spot in the Essex Senior League with a 3-1 victory over Basildon last week and go into the game at Rush Green as clear favourites with Bowers near the bottom of the league.

But the Oakside boss knows they cannot afford to underestimate their opponents, who have knocked out London Bari, Eton Manor and Basildon United along the way.

“We still have a cup final to think about and that is massive for the club,” said Frew. “It would be nice to go there and win that and a great season for Barkingside. It would be the icing on the cake.

“We played Bowers the other week where they played a lot of youngsters and we didn’t play that well and still won 3-0. They are a physical side but we are quite a good footballing side and we can mix it, we can go long if we have to and play in certain areas when we want to.

“It’ll be a great final, I am not looking at where they are in the league.”

Frew will have to swap his side about a bit from Saturday’s league victory, with some of his squad cup-tied.

But Frew is confident whatever side he selects on the day can put on a good display to round off his first full season in the managerial hotseat at Oakside.

“A cup final is whoever is up for it on the day and may the best team win but I am looking forward to it and so are the boys,” he added.

“It’s great to have achieved what we have this season but there has been a lot of hard work put in, not just by myself but everyone at the club.

“To do it all in my first full year of management as well is great, but I am pleased for everyone at the club and hopefully we can keep pushing on now.”

Barkingside could still take a place in Ryman One North next season, all dependent on the outcome of a Football Association meeting.

And although Frew would love to challenge himself against the likes of landlords Redbridge, he knows it will be difficult to keep hold of his current squad.

“I am 32 and I am still learning. I love challenges and I hope I can keep this group of players together,” remarked Frew.

“It will be a test because you are up against people with a budget. We haven’t got a penny and the chairman backs us as much as he can.

“That may make it difficult to keep some of the players, but at the end of the day I am going to enjoy this with the boys. It’s been a great performance throughout the season.”

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