Barkingside’s Frew focused on new campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:15 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:15 27 June 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and league runners-up shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and league runners-up shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR - Editorial Use ONLY - FA Premier League and Football League

Oakside outfit prepare for pre-season action

Barkingside manager Matt Frew insists he “does not worry about results” ahead of the start of his side’s pre-season schedule.

Side start the 2013/14 campaign in Ryman Division One North having been promoted from the Essex Senior League last term.

While many suggest pre-season for a team is important in building confidence for the season, Frew is more interested in player development.

“I don’t worry about them; I just want to get players match fit and give them what they need from a game,” said Frew.

“During the pre-season I will be trying out new formations, trying players in new positions and looking at partnerships being formed.”

The club have arranged pre-season friendlies at home against the likes of Fisher and Haringey & Waltham Development, but Frew would have liked more illustrious opponents.

“I would have liked tougher friendlies but we haven’t worked on the ground to attract the bigger teams,” he added.

“We’re playing the matches where the under-17s play in Collier Row, which is probably in better shape than our home ground.”

The first-team are soon to return to training in preparation for the friendlies and Frew is confident his squad will be in good shape.

“For the most part they shouldn’t be too bad (in terms of fitness),” he added.

“A few might struggle but a lot are naturally fit and I’m hoping they’ll all keep up.”

After last season’s promotion there is always a fear that Barkingside could go straight back down, but Frew is having none of that and is confident his men can finish mid-table.

“We are looking to consolidate our position in the league, we’re not here to make up the numbers,” he said.

“A lot of teams in the division know we have the ability to cause upsets.

“We have the ability, but the boys need to stick together throughout. We shouldn’t been involved in a dogfight at the bottom.

“Success for me would mid-table and a good cup run, but we are aiming as high as we can.

“Last season we aimed for fourth and a cup semi. We won the cup and were promoted.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder