Barkingside to honour champions

PUBLISHED: 11:45 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:46 29 April 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew

Barkingside manager Matt Frew

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Frew: We will clap Burnham out

Barkingside manager Matt Frew has revealed his side will give Essex Senior League champions Burnham a guard of honour at Oakside tonight – but he wants to beat them and send out a message to their rivals.

Side had to play five matches in eight days last week, picking up 12 points, before losing to Eton Manor on Saturday.

And Frew highlighted the achievements of his team this season, saying: “We’ll respect them tonight and clap them out.

“There is a lot of respect in this league so we’ll clap them out, but once that is done we’ll get on with the game.

“There’s still a lot to play for, I think the boys will want to make a statement and send a message tonight to the league and other leagues.

“They’ll respect us for what we’ve done this season, with all the people paying the money like Burnham and a few others.

“We haven’t got a penny, I don’t get paid, none of the players do and our expenses doesn’t get paid for, so we’ve done brilliant to be up there.”

Burnham clinched the title with a 1-0 win over London Bari on Saturday and Frew hopes they had a ‘crazy weekend’ celebrating.

But he paid his respect to tonight’s opponents, adding: “I’m disappointed on Saturday and Burnham winning the league but they are a great side, and have been unbeaten since October in the league so they do deserve it.

“I hope they’ve had a crazy weekend, but you don’t know. Because the season is over they might rest some players or play a few to see what they’re like.

“Then again they might want to get one over us because we beat them in the semi-finals so you don’t know”

Barkingside are third in the table but level on points with second-placed Takeley with two games in hand.

Frew is confident his side can finish second and wants to win their final three games.

He said: “It’ll be scandalous if we don’t get second, everyone said we deserved it and we will be so sad for everyone at club if we don’t.

“I think we’ll push on from Saturday and get second by winning our last three league matches.”

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