Barkingside boss Matt Frew to ring the changes
PUBLISHED: 15:31 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:31 28 November 2013
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A punishing schedule which sees Barkingside face two games in three days will force boss Matt Frew to make some changes.
Side face Tilbury on Saturday before welcoming play-off chasing Thurrock to Oakside on Monday.
The double-header comes on the back of a punishing 5-0 home defeat to Ryman One North leaders VCD Athletic – but it’s a game that Frew thinks could have gone either way until the south-east London club took the lead just before half time.
“We’ve had three or four really good chances in the first half an hour,” he said.
“If we score a couple of goals when it was goalless you never know what could have happened.
“But they’re a very good side. They play the ball around and their goalkeeper very rarely kicks it from his hands.
“I applaud that sort of football, but we didn’t help ourselves at the start of the second half.” VCD took the lead six minutes before the break through Karl Dent.
Dean Carpenter and Nick Reeves scored quickfire goals after the restart to put the result beyond doubt before a late James Duckworth double put some gloss on the scoreline.
Defeat leaves them sixth from bottom, albeit with an eight-point gap to the dreaded drop zone.
Positive results against big spending Heybridge Swifts and Needham Market have left Frew confident his players can stay up in their first season following promotion from the Essex Senior League.
The manager said: “The two games will be difficult, as all are in this division. We’ll have to make some changes, because for some players one day won’t be enough to recover.
“No matter what happens on Saturday, we’ll make some changes for Thurrock but I’m lucky I’ve got a strong squad of players to choose from. We need to forget about what happened against VCD and move on.”
Frew admitted his team need to be more clinical with their chances, because they get ‘punished’ if they don’t take them in Ryman One North.
He added: “We’ve not been playing badly. I’d be worried if we weren’t creating chances.
“The players are slowly adapting to the quality of the league and I see it every time they come into training or go out on to the pitch.”
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