Frew: Barkingside ready for tough tests

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 November 2013 | UPDATED: 19:37 10 November 2013

Barkingside skipper Dan Callaway (left). Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Barkingside skipper Dan Callaway (left). Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Barkingside manager Matt Frew would be delighted with a mid-table finish in Ryman One North this season – and says he would expect at least a play-off place if he had the budget of some of their league rivals.

A second consecutive away win on Saturday lifted them seven clear of the relegation zone, but Side are likely to face a tougher test when they welcome high-flying Thurrock to Oakside this weekend.

But Frew said if he had the budget of some of the sides in the division, including their next opponents, he would “resign if we didn’t at least make the play-offs”.

He said: “I don’t get paid, my players don’t get paid and you hear other teams in the league have budgets of £2,000 a week.

“If I had that sort of money, I’d resign if we didn’t at least get in the play-offs. That would be the least you would expect.”

Barkingside took an early lead at struggling Ware through Daniel Callaway, but after Anthony Anstead equalised, strikes from Calvin Poku – his first for the club – and Andrew Edmunds clinched a 3-1 victory.

While Frew was pleased with the three points, he thinks the Oakside outfit should have won more comfortably against a team who have won just twice in the league all season.

Next up for Side are three games against sides currently in the top half of the table, including a clash with runaway leaders VCD Athletic.

But, says Frew, this should act as an incentive to his players to show just what they can do.

It is also an opportunity to improve on their home form which has seen Barkingside pick up more points on their travels this season.

“We’ve got nothing to lose, all the pressure is on the teams fighting for promotion. But we can beat the top teams if we put our minds to it,” he said.

“This is our first season in the Ryman League and we’re giving a good account of ourselves.

“I’ve always said if we finish mid-table that would be a good achievement.”

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