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Barkingside will keep battling says boss Frew

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 October 2013

Andy Edmunds has eyes on the ball during Sunday's 6-0 defeat against Guernsey. Pic: Ellie Hoskins

Andy Edmunds has eyes on the ball during Sunday's 6-0 defeat against Guernsey. Pic: Ellie Hoskins

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Barkingside manager Matt Frew is disappointed after his side’s heavy 6-0 defeat against Guernsey in the FA Trophy on Sunday but is turning his attention back to the league and won’t go down without a fight

Talking about the Guernsey game, Frew said: “They were just a better, more well drilled outfit than us and we put in a lacklustre performance.

“The body language was poor and I don’t think the boys realised how big an occasion it was and how those occasions don’t come along very often, it’s a massive defeat. It’s a team game and we weren’t really playing like one.”

Frew has seen encouraging performances from his team since they moved into the Ryman League though and knows if they can play to their potential they will consolidate their place in the league.

“We need to replicate the form we showed against Heybridge Swifts (Septmeber 23), because that’s what we’re capable of and if we do that we’ll get points on the board, consolidate and stay up.”

The manager believes that they will probably have to face other heavy defeats this season, but that they will still shock teams as well.

“Teams will show up to play us this term and think that they’re going to beat us easily but I know that if my boys show up to play, they won’t just walk away from the game with three easy points,” he said.

He admitted however that morale was low after the Guernsey game and that it was up to him and his coaching staff to pick the players up mentally.

Looking ahead to this Saturday’s home fixture against Maldon & Tiptree, Frew said: “It will be tough. They’re a team that will be looking for promotion this season. I’ve played there, I know the manager Terry Spillane and my brother Joe Ellul plays there.

“I’ve watched them a few times so I know they’re a good side. I don’t think Spillane will underestimate us but we’ll have to be a tight unit, make it hard for them to score and we could be a banana skin for them.

“We don’t fear anyone, we know we are the underdogs but we’ll just have to try and give a good account of ourselves. To be honest I’ll be happy with a point. We will obviously try and win but I’ll settle for a draw even though it’s a home game.”


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