Barkingside get double win boost
PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:19 13 February 2015
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Matt Frew reflects on two wins at Cricklefield and derby with rivals Romford
Barkingside manager Matt Frew hailed his players after victories against Soham Town Rangers and Heybridge Swifts boosted their hopes of staying in the Ryman North.
Side were languishing in the bottom three before last weekend, but after extending their winning run to three games they are positive ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash at Romford.
They will be without Lee Weemes, Andy Edmunds, Chris Clark, Rigers Kabashi and Josh Akapka for the Ship Lane battle and Frew said: “My only concern about Saturday is the amount of players we have out.
“It will be a massive game and it will be tough with players missing, but we will attack.
“We want to go there and win, not just nick a draw. We feel we can go anywhere and win.”
Frew and Romford boss Paul Martin are good friends, but the Side manager admits they both desperately need three points.
He added: “Usually it is a bit relaxed and we have a good chat before the game. I’m sure that will still happen because I have a lot of time for Magic, but once we cross the white line it is a game both teams need to win.
“I don’t want to see Romford get relegated and I am sure it is vice versa – they don’t want to see us go down. But at the end of the day everyone is fighting and it is each to their own.”
Side are due to visit Brentwood on Tuesday and they will have Weemes, Clark, Akapka and Edmunds back after suspension, but Kabashi will be away.
Frew added: “The only one unavailable should be Rigers. He travels with England schoolboys for five days to Lilleshall this weekend.
“He has been outstanding for us. I got him from Concord Rangers. Danny Cowley just said he needs to be playing games at senior level.
“And he has been brilliant for us and can go as high as he wants in football.”
Jake Giddings will, however, be available for Frew after he joined from Waltham Abbey last week. He started in both 2-1 wins against Soham and Heybridge and has filled the void left by Matt Gulfer – who has moved to Maldon & Tiptree.
“Jake was thrown in the deep end a bit,” added Frew. “He is feeling it now, but it looks like he has never been away.
“I brought him in to replace Matt Gulfer, and he has been brilliant. They have all been brilliant and deserve a pat on the back for their performances.”
Joe Bricknell and Calvin Poku netted in Saturday’s win over Soham before Joe Ellul and Greg Akpele scored to defeat Heybridge on Monday.
The two victories at Cricklefield delighted Frew, who added: “It is about keeping Barkingside in the Ryman North and we can only do that collectively by pulling together.
“I feel everyone is doing that now and the boys deserve a lot of credit.”
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