Side prepare to battle Blues after two frustrating draws

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 December 2014

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

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

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Brentwood and Grays await for the Cricklefield club

Lewis Francis celebrates scoring the equalising goal for Barkingside against former club Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Lewis Francis celebrates scoring the equalising goal for Barkingside against former club Romford (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Barkingside manager Matt Frew is hoping his players rise to the challenge of facing Ryman North play-off hopefuls Brentwood this weekend.

Side beat them 4-2 earlier in the season at Cricklefield, but the Blues have won 13 league matches out of a possible 20 since.

Frew is impressed with that record, but sure his team will impress at The Brentwood Centre.

“We have hard games coming up against Brentwood (Saturday) and then Grays Athletic (Monday) in the Ryman Cup,” he said.

“My team seems to up their game when we play against the teams fighting for the play-offs.

“Harlow only beat us 2-1 and Needham just beat us 1-0. We gave both of them games.”

Frew believes his team can match any team in the division.

Saturday’s match is first on his list of priorities, but he isn’t going to take the second round cup tie at Cricklefield on Monday lightly.

“Since we beat Brentwood they have been on an unbelievable run,” added Frew.

“It is going to be a very hard game at their place and if we don’t turn up we will lose. But my boys are more than capable of beating anyone in this league.

“I think Grays will want to come here and give us a battering after we beat them 4-1 in pre-season.

“Brentwood is the priority, but after that I’ll start thinking about the cup match. Winning that game against Grays would be a real confidence booster for us.”

Barkingside remain unbeaten in December after successive 1-1 draws at Cricklefield over the past week in the Ryman North.

Cray visited on Saturday, before Side welcomed Romford on Monday and both encounters finished all square.

Frew felt Barkingside dropped two points in each fixture, though, and he was disappointed with the penalty they conceded against Cray, after Calvin Poku had given them a sixth-minute lead.

“My young boy Josh Akapku has dived in, but it was on the edge of the penalty area,” said Frew.

“It was one of those that could have been given in the box or given outside of it.

“The referee has given the penalty, but the linesman is waving his flag and I think he said it was outside the box.”

Side were looking to bounce back on Monday against Boro.

Jack Barry gave the visitors the lead before Lewis Francis hit back, but Frew wanted more.

“I came off disappointed and it felt a bit like a loss,” he said.

“Games against Maldon, Cray and Romford we need to be winning, because they are all around us in the table.”

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