Mixed emotions for Frew after Maldon point

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 December 2014

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew (Pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Side manager watched his team draw 1-1 at the Wallace Binder Stadium last weekend

After playing the whole of the second half against 10 men on Saturday, Barkingside boss Matt Frew admitted he was slightly frustrated to leave Maldon & Tiptree with just a point in the Ryman North.

It was mixed emotions for the Side manager because of the strength of the Jammers squad and down to the fact that the Cricklefield club had performed poorly in their previous two outings.

John Bricknell put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes from the penalty spot, before Gavin Greenfield picked up two yellow cards in quick succession and was sent off just prior to half time.

But Alex Anderson struck in the 78th minute for Maldon to give both sides a share of the spoils.

“You can’t be too disappointed because at the end of the day it is a point,” said Frew.

“To be fair we should have won it though, because first half we dominated. In the first 10 minutes, both teams tried to find their feet, but we started to get to grips with the game.

“We got the penalty and went 1-0 up and they were getting a bit frustrated and put in some naughty challenges.

“They got a man sent off just as half time come and I was thinking ‘Jesus it can’t get any better’.”

However, Barkingside failed to make the most of their man advantage and couldn’t replicate their first half dominance.

Frew was disappointed that his side struggled to play against 10 men, but conceded it can be a hard task.

“I said to the boys at half time to keep it up, stretch the game and make Maldon work hard,” he added.

“And we did the opposite. We didn’t stretch the game and the red card spurred them on.

“It is sometimes hard to play against 10 men because everyone on the opposition has to work that little bit harder and they start to take a gamble.

“I remember us getting a point at Wroxham last year when we were losing and a man down so it is different these days.”

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