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Frew: Gutting to concede so late

PUBLISHED: 12:33 07 April 2015

Redbridge's Vinny Murphy (in red) and Barkingside's Chris Taylor jump for the ball (pic: Steve Poston)

Redbridge's Vinny Murphy (in red) and Barkingside's Chris Taylor jump for the ball (pic: Steve Poston)

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Barkingside lose lead seconds from end in draw with Redbridge

Josh Akakpa of Barkingside heads clear against Redbridge (pic: Steve Poston)Josh Akakpa of Barkingside heads clear against Redbridge (pic: Steve Poston)

Barkingside boss Matt Frew says Redbridge’s stoppage-time equaliser left his team deflated at the full-time whistle.

The Cricklefields club had taken the lead in the 58th minute through Andy Edmunds and looked to be on course for a vital victory.

Barkingside's Chris Clark saves a Redbridge effort (pic: Steve Poston)Barkingside's Chris Clark saves a Redbridge effort (pic: Steve Poston)

But in the final minute of time added on Side goalkeeper Chris Clark fumbled a cross into his own net to gift the visitors a point but Frew insists he cannot fault his team’s effort.

“Anyone who watched the game saw a battling, hard-working performance from the lads. They gave it their all. It’s hard to take,” said the Sky Blues chief.

“Redbridge pressed in the second half but they had the wind. It played a big part and we didn’t use it that well in the first half.

“The performance is what I wanted to see, to see if the boys had the fight in them. It’s not all doom and gloom.

“It would have been nice to get the three points today bit a point is better than nothing. I was proud of the boys today.”

If Barkingside had won the clash with the Motormen, they would have been just one point off safety.

As it stands they are four points behind Redbridge but with five points separarting Side in 23rd from Chatham Town in 19th, Frew believes it is still all to play for.

“It’s tight. Cray seem to have the bit between their teeth but they’re still in it,” added the Barkingside gaffer.

“We’ve just got to keep worrying about ourselves. The performance against Redbridge was positive for me. Hopefully we can carry that on in our next match.”

The draw with local rivals Redbridge followed a 5-1 defeat to Sudbury on Saturday, a result that left Frew disappointed.

“It wasn’t pleasing. We didn’t turn up. It was nothing like the Redbridge performance, which is weird.

“It’s like we’re two different teams. If we’d played like we did against Redbridge throughout the season, we wouldn’t be where we are.”

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