Barkingside hope to find winning formula

PUBLISHED: 16:38 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:38 16 March 2015

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Side host Thurrock at Cricklefields

Barkingside boss Matt Frew believes playing at the Cricklefields Stadium could give his side the confidence required to beat Thurrock.

Side host the Fleet tonight searching for their first win in six matches as they look to avoid relegation.

Frew admits the playing surface at the stadium will not be ideal but it could suit the hosts’ style of play.

“We’ve got home advantage and I’m hoping the pitch will play into our hands,” said Frew.

“We have 11 cup finals left. We need to pick up as many points as we can to give us any kind of a chance of staying up.

“If all of our players hit their top level, we’re in with a shout against Thurrock. We’re underdogs but we need to keep working hard.”

The two teams meet at the Cricklefields just over 48 hours after playing league fixtures on Saturday.

Both clubs experienced defeat with Side losing 2-0 to Great Wakering Rovers while the Fleet were beaten by the same scorline against Sudbury.

With the two squads having played two days ago Frew does not feel fatigue will be a deciding factor in the match.

“There isn’t a lot of recovery time but it’s the same for us and Thurrock,” added Frew.

“No one has an advantage in that respect. It’s a 90 minute game. We’ve just got to do the right thing. I firmly believe we can cause an upset.”

The defeat to Great Wakering was Barkingside’s fifth in succession following a four-game winning streak.

Despite the result, Frew was content with the improvement in performance.

“I’m not saying it was superb but we seemed a lot tighter. We played some nice football in patches. We need to brush ourselves down and go again.

“Compared to other games we’ve had, it was a lot better. The boys did everything right.”

The Cricklefields outfit looked to be heading for a draw before two late goals for Rovers inflicted a loss on Barkingside.

And Frew says the manner of the defeat has left his side deflated.

“They were gutted. It was a hard one to take. It’s just one of those games.

“We had a chance near the end and their goalkeeper somehow saves it. They go down the other end of the field and score. It was tough to take.”

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