Barkingside boss wants wins to begin 2015 well
PUBLISHED: 15:30 31 December 2014
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Side face three teams close to them in league table
Barkingside manager Matt Frew has challenged his team to pick up two victories from the three Ryman North matches they face at the start of the New Year.
Side host Heybridge Swifts tomorrow before making the trip to Cheshunt on Saturday and then face Brentwood Town on Tuesday (January 6).
It means the Cricklefield outfit will play three matches in six days, but Frew’s players are ready for that task and to start moving up the table and out of the relegation positions.
“It is going to be hard over this period and some games will come too soon for certain players,” said Frew.
“Rotation will be important, but it is also important to get that first win.
“My aim is to get two wins from these three games.
“I would take a point against Brentwood, but only if we beat Heybridge and Cheshunt because we need to be beating teams around us in the table.
“Our first hurdle is Heybridge so hopefully we get a positive result there and take that into Saturday’s match with Cheshunt.
“We believe our luck is turning and hopefully we start picking up some points again.
“We need to turn it around sooner rather than later, but we are not panicking. I am relaxed about the situation and confident we will turn it around.”
Barkingside were meant to face local rivals Redbridge at the weekend at their former Oakside home, but the match was called off after a heavy downpour on Boxing Day left the pitch waterlogged.
Frew added: “It was a game everyone was looking forward to. A derby and with both teams fighting for their lives in the league.
“I had a feeling it would actually be on, but the heavens opened on Friday night and we know what our old pitch is like.
“It was called off quite early in the end because it was meant to be a 1pm kick-off.”
It didn’t stop Frew putting his Barkingside players through their paces, though.
The squad did not get the day off, coming in for a two-hour training session instead.
“It is important we get together as much as we can,” said Frew.
“We need to keep ticking over and we worked them really hard to make sure the fitness is good.
“The boys were blowing afterwards, we didn’t do much ball work until the end – with the keepers – so it was two hours of hard graft for them.
“It is important for us that we try and keep ticking over and just stay on our toes with so many games coming up and the boys are all buzzing now.”
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