Barkingside boss looks for boost

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 September 2014

Barkingside boss Matt Frew looks on during their draw with Ware (pic: Alexander Mandelstam)

Barkingside boss Matt Frew looks on during their draw with Ware (pic: Alexander Mandelstam)


Frew focused on upsetting pacesetters

Barkingside have no time to feel sorry for themselves after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Ryman One North rivals Ware at the weekend.

Manager Matt Frew felt his side should have won at Cricklefield Stadium, where they return to action against early pacesetters Needham Market tonight.

The Suffolk club have 21 points from a possible 24 to date this seasno, but Frew denied any suggestions his team would sit back and defend.

Although maintaining it was important “not to get beat” he stated his style of management was “no defending from the front at home.”

Fans can look forward to an end-to-end clash from teams who have both provided attacking displays this season, but Frew made no qualms about the task Barkingside face.

“People may think it’s an easy three points for Needham Market, but we are capable of beating Needham, why not?” said Frew.

Confidence is high in the camp, even with injury concerns plaguing Barkingside’s preparations.

With no natural left-back Frew mentioned playing one of his centre halves in that position.

And with clubs looking for bigger crowds on the back of Non-League Day on Saturday, Frew is hoping England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland does not have an adverse affect on the gate.

He added: “Hopefully there is a roll-over affect (from Non-League Day). I’d rather watch my lot than England!”

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