Barkingside boss Frew to rotate squad against Cheshunt

PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 October 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Barkingside travel to Cheshunt in the Ryman League Cup second round coming off the back of their league win against Waltham Forest on Saturday and manager Matt Frew will be using the cup game to rotate his squad.

League consolidation is his main aim this season, although he will be trying to win the cup tie in Hertfordshire.

“I’ll be resting players and giving others a chance,” said Frew.

“People will say you should keep the same team, build momentum but I need to give my players a rest.

“I’m not too fussed about these cups, we aren’t going to win them yet. My aim is to consolidate ourselves, keep the Ryman status and use cup games to rest my players and give the others a chance.

“It is good having these cup games to give my players a rest. I will be aiming to win, I’ll take a good squad but I will also leave some first team players at home.”

Barkingside had a new signing on show during Saturday’s league victory, with the experience Mervyn Abraham making his debut.

He was introduced from the bench and impressed in his short cameo appearance but bad news followed with the former Grays Athletic man now ruled out through injury.

Frew said: “Mervyn is experienced and a proven player in non league football. He was the Enfield assistant coach last year and he come on at the weekend and looked sharp.

“I was going to give him a start against Cheshunt, get him 90 minutes under his belt but he got a knee injury against Forest and it has turned out to be a tweaked ligament.

“It is a blow because he came on and caused chaos, he is out for three or four weeks now.”

Frew’s assistant Steve Munday watched Barkingside’s opponents and would have informed Frew of the strengths and weakness of Cheshunt but the Side manager wants his team focusing on their own job first.

“Steve watched them and said they are lively, they have a new management team and have brought a load of new players in,” said Frew.

“I let Steve watch the teams and he sets us up from corners but I don’t like to focus too much on them. We have got to go there and do our own job first and hopefully it is enough.”

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