Barkingside boss Frew targets top four by Christmas

PUBLISHED: 19:45 11 October 2012

Matt Frew

Matt Frew


Barkingside manager Matt Frew is hoping for another three points on Saturday when they face London APSA

Barkingside manager Matt Frew is demanding all three points when his men entertain London APSA in their Essex Senior League game at Oakside on Saturday.

Frew’s side were held to a goalless draw at lowly Southend Manor at the weekend, having previously won 2-0 at Bethnal Green United to end the high-flying outfit’s unbeaten run.

And with APSA fourth from bottom in the table, the Oakside boss expects his men, who currently sit seventh, to get back to winning ways in Saturday’s 1pm kick-off.

Frew said: “With no disrespect to APSA, we should be looking at getting three points against sides like that.

“We shouldn’t be beating the top teams such as Bethnal Green, Takeley and Enfield 1893 – as we have done this season – and then slipping up against the lower sides.

“But we sometimes hit a brick wall against them, especially at home.

“We’ve got to make the most of these games and by Christmas I want to see us in a top-four spot.”

Barkingside then take on free-scoring Cockfosters at Oakside on Monday in the second round of the London Senior Cup.

The visitors are currently second in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One table, having bagged 48 goals in their 12 games so far.

But Frew remains unconcerned about the exploits of the opposition.

He said: “I’m the sort of manager who doesn’t worry too much about other sides.

“We like to concentrate on ourselves.”

But he is desperate to see his side improve on a dismal record of having failed to win any of their three cup ties at Oakside so far this season.

Frew said: “We’re favourites, but cup games are funny.

“Barkingside and home cup games at home don’t seem to go together too well at the moment, so we need to break that routine.”

New striker Loran Ramsey, who has featured in the last two matches, will be available for the next two games – before heading to Saint Lucia for a Caribbean Cup fixture.

Frew said: “It was a bit of a shock to learn he’d been called up by Saint Lucia.

“Loran is tall, strong, holds the ball up well and has a great presence.

“He heads off there next week and good luck to him.”

Meanwhile, Frew plans to add yet another name to his list of strikers.

He added: “I’m hoping to sign another player – a forward – on Sunday or Monday.”

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