Frew looks for Barkingside boost after hard week
PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:03 18 December 2014
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Side have two home matches coming up against AFC Sudbury and Grays Athletic
It has been a tough week for Barkingside manager Matt Frew, with postponements to contend with and players leaving the club.
Side were due to face Brentwood in Ryman North on Saturday, before hosting Grays in the League Cup on Monday, but both were called off due to waterlogged pitches.
Dan Jones moved back to Romford this week as well, while Steve Carvell has joined Aveley.
Sudbury visit Cricklefield this weekend and the Grays tie has been rescheduled for Monday.
Frew is trying to remain focused, saying: “This week has been hard with no matches and potentially losing a couple of players. All the other teams are winning, so it feels like everything is going against us.
“But we are the only ones that can turn it around and we have to start doing that on Saturday.
“Sudbury are a good side and I am quite surprised they are not higher than what they are in the league.
“The players they brought in and the set-up they have, I thought they would be pushing. Our problem is we never seem to put the white thing in the back of the net.”
Frew expects a tough challenge from the Yellows, but will be boosted by the fact central defender Joe Ellul is remaining at the club.
Ellul was approached by fellow league strugglers Cray Wanderers last week, but has decided to remain with Barkingside.
“It will be hard, but every game is hard and you get no easy one in this league,” Frew added.
“If we could get a positive result against Sudbury it would give us a boost in confidence massively going into Christmas.
“The only positive was that Joe turned down an approach from Cray Wanderers, which is fantastic news.
“He wants to stay and help finish what we set out to do and be as high as we can in the league.
“I didn’t stand in his way, but he has good connections with the players here. He is close with Matty Gulfer and works with Dan Hayes.
“It shows his commitment to the football club and you have to pay respect to him as a person, taking away that he is my brother, it is a massive amount of money to turn down.”
Side were set to host Grays last Monday, but it is now taking place on December 22 with the scheduled league meeting with Tilbury postponed.
But Frew is focused on Saturday’s match, rather than dreaming of knocking out the Ryman Premier club.
He said: “The Grays match now replaces the game we had with Tilbury on Monday.
“It is a bit frustrating really because we are behind in league games and teams are winning around us. We obviously have Sudbury on Saturday, so that is most important one.”
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