Frew wants Barkingside to bounce back

PUBLISHED: 17:02 15 August 2013

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and league runners-up shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and league runners-up shield (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Mixed week for Ryman League newcomers

Barkingside had a baptism of fire in Ryman One North as they followed their opening-day win over Cheshunt with heavy defeat at Harlow.

Aaron Scott’s injury-time goal had secured the points on Saturday, before the new boys were put to the sword by the big-spending Hawks in an 8-3 midweek loss.

But manager Matt Frew is backing his players to bounce back against Chatham on Saturday, before Brentwood visit Oakside on Monday.

He said: “I hope we don’t have that bigger loss again, but it’s a learning curve.

“There were positives. We caused them trouble on the counter-attack and scored three away from home, but we’ve got to defend better as a team.

“I think the boys will respond. We’ve got three points from our first two games, which is more than others, but we’ve got a busy schedule coming up.

“I don’t know much about Chatham but they’re two tough games. I’m up for the challenge and so are the boys.”

Side fell behind against Cheshunt, but Matt Gulfer levelled and a superb display from young goalkeeper Dan Mulrooney kept it level before Scott’s last-gasp winner.

Frew called it ‘a great day for the club’ but was disappointed by the capitulation at Harlow.

He added: “The place was rocking and the occasion was a bit big for some of the boys.

“But we can’t do anything about it now. People might look at that and think we’re going to be whipping boys and I’m happy with that tag. Teams might come unstuck against us.”

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