Barkingside boss to shuffle pack

PUBLISHED: 09:08 03 April 2013

Action from Barkingside's win over Barking (Pic: Simon Atterbury)

Action from Barkingside's win over Barking (Pic: Simon Atterbury)


Frew: I want to freshen things up

Barkingside host Sawbridgeworth Town tonight (Wednesday) hoping to maintain their fine form in the Essex Senior League.

Side won all four of their league matches in March and drew with leaders Burnham in the cup.

But manager Matt Frew declared there will be changes to the side which beat local rivals Barking 2-0 last Saturday.

He said: “We haven’t got any injuries, but there are going to be few changes. We’ve got some big games coming up and for the first time in ages I’ve got a full squad to pick from.

“I want to freshen things up. A few of the boys have played a lot, but I won’t be fielding a weaker side. I’m confident I can pick from throughout the squad and not be any weaker.

“It will be a different team from the one that played against Barking. I want to rest a few and give some minutes to others that need them.

“We’ve got a big couple of weeks and I want to keep everyone fresh and on their toes and I’m looking forward to it.”

Honours finished even when Side visited Sawbridgeworth earlier in the season and Frew is hoping for better in the return at Oakside.

He added: “We got a 2-2 draw against them last time. We dominated the first half but let in two sloppy goals in the second half from not marking. “It just goes to show that everyone can beat everyone in this league, but if we play like we have been playing and show an improvement from Saturday they won’t live with us and that’s no disrespect to them.

“We need to keep our feet on the ground and just play our game and the result should take care of itself. If we lose I’d have to say that the league was over, but I don’t want that to be the case. I want to take it right down to the end and make it as difficult for Burnham as possible.”

Goals from Joe Ellul and Richard Oxby sealed derby victory against Barking, to the delight of Frew, who added: “It was a pleasing performance. It’s a bit of a derby with ex-Barking players playing against their old club.

“I think Barking were the better side in the first half. My boys didn’t really do as I asked them, we were slow and didn’t really play the pressing game that we’re good at.

“We addressed it at half time and in the second half it was a different story and we went out and got two goals.

“I think it was a good game and I think it’s one that the spectators could enjoy. It was also good to keep another clean sheet and there were a lot of positives to take from the second half.”

Frew also gave special mention to midfielder Paul Kavanagh, adding :“I think the whole team deserved a pat on the back but Paul got man of the match and he’s got a great left foot and one of the best deliveries in the league. He even cleared one off the line as well.

“Despite the win it wasn’t our best performance, there’s still improvements to be made but it was good to beat Barking who are just behind us in the table.

“I’m not too concerned with the league table, but I know we can finish quite high and it would be a long shot but we’ve got to keep chasing Burnham. If we win the games we’ve got in hand – and as we have to play them in the league again too – we can put some pressure on them.”

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