Barkingside boss haunted by ‘horrible’ loss
PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 April 2013
Frew wants revenge against Rovers
Barkingside boss Matt Frew is still haunted by his team’s previous meeting with Essex Senior League rivals Great Wakering Rovers.
Frew takes his men to Burroughs Park on Saturday, smarting from a heavy home loss earlier this season.
And he will be looking for them to maintain their impressive recent form, which had seen Side go unbeaten in all five matches played in March, heading into their meeting with Sawbridgeworth on Wednesday night.
He said: “Looking ahead to the Wakering game reminds of when we lost 5-0 to them earlier in the season.
“It was our first game back after the Christmas period and it was a horrible period. We didn’t have a game for a long time and they did while we were only training.
“They wiped the floor with us but I think that 5-0 flattered them, they were never five goals better than us.
“I know some of the boys will want to make amends for that one, that result hurt me, it was my biggest defeat here and we’ll be looking to bounce back.
“I’m looking forward too it. There pitch should be quite good so it should suit us as we like to play football.”
Frew was delighted to see his side come out on top in their derby with Barking on Saturday, as goals from Joe Ellul and Richard Oxby sealed a 2-0 victory.
He added: “It was a pleasing performance. It’s a bit of a derby with ex-Barking players playing against their old club.
“I think Barking were the better side in the first half. My boys didn’t really do as I asked them we were slow and didn’t really play the pressing game that we’re good at.
“We addressed it at half time and in the second half it was a different story and we went out and got two goals.
“I think it was a good game and one the spectators could enjoy. It was also good to keep another clean sheet and there were a lot of positives to take from the second half.”
Frew was especially keen to praise midfielder Paul Kavanagh, adding: “I think the whole team deserved a pat on the back but Paul Kavanagh got man of the match.
“He’s got a great left foot and one of the best deliveries in the league. He even cleared one off the line as well.”
But the boss believes there is still more to come from his squad and says they cannot rest on their laurels.
“Despite the win it wasn’t our best performance,” he said. “There’s still improvements to be made but it was good to beat Barking who are just behind us in the table.
“I’m not too concerned with the league table but I know that we can finish quite high. It would be a long shot but we’ve got to keep chasing Burnham, if we win the games we’ve got in hand – and as we have to play them in the league again too – we can put some pressure on them.”
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