Barkingside boss pleased with big win
PUBLISHED: 15:43 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:43 23 April 2013
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Essex Senior League: Barkingside 4 Eton Manor 1
Barkingside manager Matt Frew was delighted with his team’s win over Eton Manor last night, but surprised by the score line.
Side fell behind but were in the lead by half time and finished the job in the second half.
But Frew believes it could have been a lot closer and had praise for his opponents, saying: “It was a win that came out of the blue.
“I thought it would’ve been closer than it was. They gave us a good game and a lot of the supporters were talking about what a fantastic game it was.
“We wanted to get the ball down and play and so did they, but then we went 1-0 down and I think to be honest the goal was a bit dubious.
“A lot of people were saying it was offside but from what I saw it looked like the ball had gone out of play down the line but obviously the linesman hadn’t seen it.
“I told the boys that we just have to play to the whistle and we were up against it then, but we showed good spirit to go in 2-1 up at half time.
“Everyone put in a shift and (Sean) Crossley scored a good header and (Joe) Ellul got a hat-trick and I think overall we deserved the win.”
It was the best possible start for Frew’s men to a hectic week which will see them play again tomorrow night (Wednesday), Thursday and on Saturday.
Frew is keen to take it one game at a time and gave his thoughts ahead of their trip to Haringey & Waltham Development, adding: “We played Haringey at home and they’re a young side that like to try and play.
“They play from the back and work it up through the midfield to the strike force, they don’t just try to go direct.
“They’re a good side and they work and work and work and they were a little bit unlucky against us. If we perform against them like we did last night though I think they’ll find it hard to deal with us, but you never know what is going to happen in football.
“We’ll have to freshen up for Haringey, I’ve got no major injuries but I need to move some people around.
“I can’t rotate the whole eleven and I still want to field a strong side, but by doing it I’m keeping one eye on Takeley (Thursday) as I don’t think that I can play the same eleven so many times in a week and expect the results we want and need.”
Looking ahead to the remaining run-in and his season’s ambitions Frew added: “We’re doing well and if we can come out of this very busy week with no losses then I’ll be happy.
“We’re still pushing on to catch Burnham but we’d honestly need a miracle now to win the league.
“We need them to drop a certain amount of points and if you look at the teams they’ve got left to play, excluding us, no disrespect to them but I just can’t see it happening.
“We’ve got to still just keep trying to pick teams off and it would be great to finish second.”
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