Barkingside boss ready for Romford test

PUBLISHED: 15:08 10 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:08 10 September 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Frew prepares to face old friend

Matt Frew says Barkingside’s game against Romford at Ship Lane tomorrow (Wednesday) will be strange for him, but he will not get too sentimental.

Frew played for Boro under manager Paul Martin and has a lot of friends at the club and respect for the manager.

But he knows he will be there to do a job and said: “I suppose we’ll have our little jokes but once the whistle goes we’ll probably be at each others throats.

“It’ll be a funny old game because I’ll be seeing a lot old players and coaches that I know really well.

“Overall, I’m looking forward to it as I like to put myself up against the best managers in the league and I’ve got a number of former Romford players that will be eager to prove a point against their old club.”

Frew cites Romford’s record in Ryman One North as a benchmark for his side after their promotion from the Essex Senior League last season, adding: “A lot rides on tomorrow’s game. I can only take my hat off to him (Martin) for what he’s achieved at Romford with no budget.

“They’re in a similar situation to us as no-one gets paid at my club.

“They’ve got a strong squad so if we finish above them this season I’ll consider that a good season.”

Frew says his previous experiences with Martin will not give him a tactical edge, but he feels his team could get a positive result, saying: “He hasn’t changed much as a manager, he motivates his players and gets the best out of them.

“We can’t really plan for it and will just have to work hard on and off the ball, retain possession and bury our chances.

“I think we’re capable of a result, but it will be a strange kind of game for me.”

Side managed a 1-1 draw at Oakside against Dereham Town on Saturday and Frew was impressed with the performance and glad to have ended a run of three consecutive losses.

Danny Beaumont had put Dereham ahead in the 63rd minute when he met looping cross from the left hand side with an unstoppable volley.

But Barkingside captain Dan Callaway was on hand in the 82nd minute when a ball into the box missed everyone and he slid in at the back post to earn a point.

Frew added: “It’s maybe the best we’ve played this season. Especially in the first half I think we were the better team, we created four or five chances and should have really been 3-0 up at the break if it wasn’t for their keeper making some fantastic saves.

“We took our foot off the gas in the second half and then they scored. They only had a couple of chances all game but they took one of them.

“I have to take my hat off to the boys though because they dusted themselves off after that one and managed to get the equaliser.

“The most important thing was stopping that run of defeats and we’ve done that now. It was a good point to get because when you look at Dereham’s games they’ve got results against some very good teams, but I think we deserved all three points.”

The manager was also pleased to see Richard Oxby return to the line-up and felt he made a difference, adding: “Oxby was a massive boost, he brought bags of energy and was an important player for us last season so it was good to see him pulling on a Barkingside shirt again.”

Frew’s criticisms of his own side earlier in the season focused on defending and decision making with the ball, but he feels some definite improvements were made in those areas on Saturday.

“No disrespect to my two centre backs but they’re not the best at playing the ball,” he said.

“They’re more old school, putting in the headers, volleys and tackles, but the players around played good football in the right areas and we retained possession well.”

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