Barkingside not afriad of big spenders

PUBLISHED: 15:30 15 November 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Barkingside don’t fear anyone as they prepare to take on one of the biggest spenders in Ryman One North tomorrow, according to manager Matt Frew.

Side are enjoying their first season at this level following promotion from the Essex Senior League while the Ipswich-based outfit have ex-professionals Kemal Izzet and Ian Westlake in their ranks.

But the Side boss believes his team can take three points.

He said: “We’ve caused a few upsets already this season. We beat Heybridge Swifts when they were unbeaten so why can’t we beat Needham?

“It’s 11 v 11 and as long as my players give me maximum effort and commitment I can’t ask for anything more from them.”

The Oakside outfit’s clash against Thurrock was postponed last weekend as it fell victim to the weather.

Although Frew has come to expect postponements at this time of year, it is a source of frustration as Barkingside look to get some momentum going following a 3-1 victory at Ware in their previous game.

“It’s a bit frustrating,” the manager said. “It was pleasing to pick up three points at Ware and I was looking to keep up the good form against Thurrock, which was bound to be a hard game.

“Getting some consistency will be the key to where we finish.

“I’ve always said I’d be happy with survival this season but from what I’ve seen in the first 16 games, there’s no reason why we can’t finish in mid-table.”

Despite their inactivity last weekend, Side are eight points clear of the relegation zone.

But things won’t get any easier after the visit to Needham - the following weekend, Side face runaway Ryman One North leaders VCD Athletic, who have dropped only two points from their opening 15 games.

Frew said: “VCD are having a brilliant season but they’ll still have to beat us on the day.

“All we can do is go out there and cause an upset. I’m delighted with the way my players have performed this season.”

The game against Thurrock has been rearranged for Monday, December 2, kick off 7.45pm at Oakside.

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