Frew focused on next test

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 August 2013

Barkingside's Dan Calloway and manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and League Runners-up Shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside's Dan Calloway and manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and League Runners-up Shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Barkingside head to Harlow

Barkingside manager Matt Frew takes his side to Harlow’s Barrows Farm Stadium tonight where they will face the prospect of playing on a 3G pitch.

Side trained on a 3G pitch last season and Frew is aiming to avoid defeat in the Ryman Division One North clash, having claimed a last-gasp win over Cheshunt on Saturday.

He said: “It’s hard, but last season we trained on a 3G pitch.

“You’ll be able to play football, but they will have the advantage of playing and training on it.

“We’ll go there and make a good account of ourselves and give it a good go. I don’t want to lose, so if we can go there and avoid defeat I’ll be really happy.”

Barkingside were without Richard Oxby, Chas Liddiard and Dan Mackin at the weekend but the latter will be available tonight.

Frew admitted Mackin will most likely start on the bench though, as it’s hard to change a winning team.

He also discussed how much things have changed since promotion from the Essex Senior League.

He added: “Dan is available but it is hard to change a winning team. Chas has family commitments and Rich is still suspended.

“It is mad how it’s hard getting players in the Essex Senior League, but in the Ryman everyone wants to join you.

“My phone hasn’t stopped ringing and I’ve got players on loan to Essex Senior clubs because I can’t give them a game.”

Despite the ecstasy of Saturday’s injury-time success against Cheshunt, Frew will ensure his players stay grounded.

But he is looking forward to tonight’s game and the opportunity to play in front of a big crowd.

He said: “I’m keeping my feet on the ground and I’ve told the boys to enjoy it.

“I know we’ll get some football lessons (in this league), but we’ll learn from them.

“Games like tonight are great, a nice stadium, a good crowd. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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