Frew: Gamble to start worked

PUBLISHED: 12:08 30 March 2015

Barkingside boss Matt Frew heads clear against Aveley (pic:

Barkingside boss Matt Frew heads clear against Aveley (pic:


Barkingside end run of eight losses in a row as manager plays for first time since 2012

Barkingside boss Matt Frew heads clear against Aveley (pic: boss Matt Frew heads clear against Aveley (pic:

Barkingside player-manager Matt Frew was delighted his return to the pitch coincided with his team ending a run of eight straight defeats.

Side beat Aveley 2-0 to record their first win in over a month to revitalise their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Ryman North.

Frew played 85 minutes in his first game for three years and said the decision to start was a risk that paid off.

“I spoke to the players and the coaches before the game and they wanted me to lace up. It was a massive gamble but we’d tried everything to turn it around,” said the defender.

“I thought we needed a bit more experience and I felt I could contribute. I felt alright in the first half and my timing was good. But I started to feel it in the second half.

“I started cramping but I got to five minutes from the end before being subbed off. I didn’t want to come off as we had our backs to the wall at the time, something centre-backs enjoy.”

Barkingside’s run of defeats had seen them fall back into the relegation zone after four straight wins in February.

Following Wednesday’s loss at Romford, the Sky Blues were five points adrift of safety but are now just two points behind Boro and Frew was thrilled his team finally tasted victory again.

“It’s a relief to break that terrible run. The boys put in a shift. Everyone, from the players to the staff, worked so hard,” added the Side chief.

“It was deserved. You could see what it meant to the players at the final whistle. It was like we had won the cup.

“I told the boys after the game to enjoy the post-match celebration and the evening, then move on. It gives us hope. After Romford I thought we were gone.”

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