Frew angry with ref in Thurrock defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:51 17 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:51 17 March 2015

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Ryman North: Barkingside 0 Thurrock 2

Barkingside manager Matt Frew was furious Thurrock opened the scoring with a penalty in their 2-0 win over Side.

Stephen Ikumelo was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Aaron Waters scored the subsequent spot kick in the 65th minute but Frew believes the referee was wrong to award a penalty.

“It was very harsh to give it. The ball came over from the back post and there was no one around Stephen,” said Frew.

“Our pitch is hard and as he’s gone to clear it the ball hits him on the underside of his arm. What disappoints me is that he was booked as well.

“I don’t know why he booked Stephen but I couldn’t ask him afterwards as officials frustrate me nowadays. It was an odd one.”

The boss of the Cricklefields outfit also feels his side should have been given a penalty themselves later in the match.

“Greg Akpele took on two defenders and, to me, has been bought down in the box. The ref then books my player,” added Frew.

“I feel there’s inconsistency from officials. If we were winning games, I’m pretty sure we’d have been given the foul on Greg.”

Side held out well in the opening 45 minutes and went in level at the break before the penalty and a late Ross Wall strike took the game away from them.

Frew believes his players performance at the back was good and that it should have warranted a better end product for the hosts.

“We rode our luck at times in the first half but we defended very well. The team stood up and put their bodies on the line.

“It’s just frustrating when you are not winning but that’s the way it goes. Everything is against you. It was a tough result to take.

“Thurrock are a good side. The only thing I could have asked for more from the boys was the result.”

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