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Barkingside boss to enjoy blank weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 September 2014

Barkingside attack against Aveley at Cricklefield Stadium (pic: Alex Mandelstam)

Barkingside attack against Aveley at Cricklefield Stadium (pic: Alex Mandelstam)

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Frew focusing on Monday night return

Barkingside boss Matt Frew wants his players to enjoy their blank weekend before looking to end their poor run of form against Ryman North rivals Romford on Monday.

Frew’s men conceded a late winner to Great Wakering in a 3-2 loss last Saturday, then went down by a solitary goal against in-form Aveley on Monday, when they finished with just nine men.

Joe Ellul and Joe Bricknell both received their marching orders for two bookable offences at Cricklefield, but Frew saw plenty of positives from his team.

He said: “We are on a bit of a downward spiral, but we have to take positive from that performance.

“I said to the boys ‘you have set the benchmark now’. I believe successful sides are built on togetherness and hard work and then the other bits come. We’ve gone out there and worked hard for each other.

“No disrespect to John Bricknell but he’s a very frustrating player.

“When things usually don’t go his way he usually gives up and throws his hands up in the air, but he has played in three positions and I think he was absolutely outstanding.

“I take my hat off to all the players, they have all done well and all deserve a pat on the back.

“We’ll regroup at training, have a rest on Saturday and go again on Monday against Romford.

“We need to turn this round. Maybe we have to do it against Romford. Paul Martin is a mate of mine and it’s going to be hard, but at the end of the day I still feel we will finish mid-table.”

Barkingside have now lost six of their last seven league and cup matches and slipped down the table after making a promising start to the campaign.

But Frew is backing his men to arrest their slump, adding: “We’ve got the power, the players and we just need that rub of the green.

“You never know but we’ll keep digging deep, I’m not a quitter. It is hard at the moment because you are scratching your head all the time, but we will keep chipping away and I am pretty sure we can start picking up some results.”


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