Barkingside look to consolidate

PUBLISHED: 10:21 01 June 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew and chairman Jimmy Flanagan celebrate with the Essex Senior League Cup and League Runners-up Shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew and chairman Jimmy Flanagan celebrate with the Essex Senior League Cup and League Runners-up Shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Frew: We can hold our own

Consolidation will be the aim for Matt Frew’s Barkingside next season as they prepare for their first ever campaign in the Ryman Division One North.

Side secured promotion as runners-up in the Essex Senior League and Frew has full confidence in his players, but knows it will be a learning curve.

He said: “I’m fully confident with the players we have that we can hold our own in this league.

“I’m not saying we are going to win the league but our main aim is to consolidate and I don’t want relegation.

“It will be new and a learning curve but our main objective is to stay in the league and consolidate and build.”

Frew believes Side’s team spirit is key and although he will look to add new players, he will stay loyal to his current squad.

He added: “We have a good togetherness off the pitch and that will help us.

“It will be massive in the north, and if a team has that it is hard to beat them.

“We will be looking to improve the side. If players contact me, and come over to train and they can strengthen us I’ll get them on board but I’ll stay loyal to the players we have.”

Frew will go up against a good friend next season in Romford manager Paul Martin and concedes it will be strange.

He admits he tries to mirror his opposite number, although in his managerial style not in the looks department, despite the similarities.

Frew added: “I played with Magic and under him. I get on well with him and it will be weird going up against him.

“It will be interesting and a lot of people say we look alike, both bald and wear glasses as well!

“He phoned me up the other week, and we have an agreement in place not to touch each others players.

“I knew he would do well as a manager and he has done brilliant with Romford.

“What he does I try to mirror, he treats players well and gets players playing for him and the club, and I try to do that here.”

Side played both Romford and landlords Redbridge in pre-season last year, but Frew wants to play against some Premier teams if he can.

“It was hard (to plan) because nothing was confirmed and I think friendlies are important,” said Frew.

“In the Essex Senior League we liked to play against a few Ryman North teams but I won’t want to do that now.

“If I can nick a few friendlies against Ryman Premier teams I will.

“I’m not concerned about results, it is just the match fitness, and trying new formation.”

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