Frew delighted as Barkingside move out of bottom two
PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:57 11 February 2015
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Victory last night moved Side above Romford and Redbridge in Ryman North table
Barkingside manager Matt Frew admitted Heybridge Swifts were defeated before yesterday’s Ryman North match at Cricklefield even started.
Joe Ellul opened the scoring for Side in the first half before Greg Akpele’s 73rd minute strike all but ensured three points, despite Aaron Gayle’s late consolation.
The victory, following Saturday’s success against Soham Town Rangers, moved Barkingside out of the bottom three and takes them above local rivals Redbridge and Romford in the Ryman North.
Frew said: “The boys upped their game again and it was another solid performance.
“We were the much better side over the 90 minutes and they were defeated before they got out there. Their assistant come over to me before and said what it that there – talking about the pitch.
“But it was better last night than it was on Saturday and Soham didn’t complain. It rubbed me up the wrong way and he said ‘we can’t see the lines or anything.’
“I said to my boys ‘this lot are already defeated and if you get an early goal we will win this’ and that is what the players did. Again we have played very well.”
It was Barkingside’s third successive victory after beating Redbridge at the end of January and starting the month with a 2-1 win against Soham.
In all three of those fixtures Frew has watched from the sidelines, but communicated with assistant manager Mel Ramsey.
He is delighted with the current turnaround in form and lauded the efforts of his players, adding: “Everyone is pulling in the right direction and working for each other.
“The boys attitude has been spot on and we have got three wins in a row and it has apparently been good ever since Needham Market, even though we suffered a heavy defeat.
“I have spent three games out of the dugout and we have won those three games! I still pick the team and speak in the changing room.
“I am texting Mel during the game as well and WhatsApp messaging him. It gives me a different picture and is partially down to my health and it is not something I particularly want to do, but why change it when it is working.”
Frew admitted both the weekend win against Soham and yesterday’s success against Swifts could have been by more than a one-goal margin.
But conceded it wouldn’t be Barkingside if there weren’t any nerves or excitement.
“The main thing is we get the three points. I am not bothered how we get it,” Frew insisted.
“We are not conceding a lot of goals and of course I would like to win 3-1 or 4-1 to take a little bit of pressure off us, but we like to do it the exciting way.”
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