Frew hoping home is where the points are for Barkingside
PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 September 2014
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Side boss looking for better at Cricklefield
After a disappointing 3-0 loss at Wroxham on Tuesday, Matt Frew has to get his Barkingside players in the right frame of mind for two upcoming home games in Ryman One North.
Ware come to Cricklefield tomorrow (Saturday) on the back of a 2-2 draw against Chatham Town and sit 14th in the table, three points behind Frew’s men in ninth.
“We played them last season, when we beat them 3-1 at their place and drew 1-1 at ours,” said Frew.
“They’ve changed managers since we last played them, but I know the new man. Kem Kamal joined from Broxbourne, likes his team to play good football, but are quite physical too I think.”
Frew, who saw his side beat Wivenhoe 5-0 in the FA Cup last weekend to earn a trip to Waltham Abbey in the next round, thinks the Cricklefield pitch may play to their advantage.
“The pitch at Cricklefield is probably the best it’s been for a good while, but I don’t think it’s conducive to playing their style of football,” he added.
“We have good home form this season, winning our three matches, so I’ll be looking for the lads to continue that.”
Second-placed Needham Market are the visitors on Monday and are unbeaten in three away games so far. Frew added: “Needham certainly should be a tougher proposition. They lost their first game of the season on Tuesday, a 2-1 home defeat to Brentwood, which was a bit of a surprise.
“I’m glad we’re not playing them on Saturday, as I’m sure their manager will be looking for a positive reaction to that defeat.”
Frew has a couple of injury worries ahead of the weekend though, adding: “Jason Fontaine came off at Wroxham with what looked like a hamstring injury. He’ll see the physio at training this week, but I think he’s very doubtful for Saturday.”
Steve Carvell also came off on Tuesday, but Frew is more hopeful for him and said: “Steve also seemed to have a hamstring problem, but it didn’t appear as bad as Jason’s. I’m hoping he’ll be fit.
“I’m also without Dan Jones for both games as he’s not available, but we’ll shuffle things around and see.”
n To celebrate Non-League Day, any female who attends with a male supporter on Saturday will get free entry to Barkingside’s match against Ware. Programmes will also be free.
■ Barkingside play Clapton in the FA Youth Cup next Wednesday. Entry will be £3.