Side’s positive approach is paying dividends for Frew
PUBLISHED: 15:30 26 February 2015
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Barkingside boss discusses upcoming matches and excellent win at Dereham
Barkingside manager Matt Frew has warned Harlow Town and Ware that his side won’t be sitting back when they visit in the Ryman North this week.
Side visit the Harlow Arena on Saturday to take on top-of-the-table Hawks, before travelling to face Hertfordshire outfit Ware next Tuesday.
Frew’s team, who are 20th in the table, will be ‘underdogs’ in both league clashes, but they will travel with confidence and determined to continue their current run of results.
“We have won four in a row so hopefully this form continues,” he said.
“Saturday is another massive game, but the boys are full of confidence and they believe we can go to Harlow and get a result.
“We have got a lot of attacking options in the squad and we have got a very attacking side so we won’t go out there looking to nick a 1-0 or 0-0, we will always go for it.
“And we will go to Ware on Tuesday night, weather permitting, and we will attack because that is what we are trying to do between now and the rest of the season.”
Although Barkingside’s recent form has eased their relegation worries, they are still involved in a scrap at the bottom of the table to stay up.
That brings pressure, but Harlow are also under a different type of pressure as they look to keep hold of top spot in the division, despite knowing Needham Market are breathing down their necks.
Frew added: “It is two different ends of the table. They are fighting for top spot and they can’t afford to slip up so the pressure is on them.
“Of course pressure is on us as well, but I am trying to take that off my players and we have games in hand as well.
“I have made quite a few signings recently and I am hoping to make a couple more and there is massive competition for places now and I think that is pushing the players on.”
John Bricknall departed Barkingside last week to link up with former boss Terry Spillane at league rivals Thamesmead Town.
But Frew wasn’t too disheartened and was instead buoyant after going to Dereham Town on Tuesday night and achieving an excellent 2-1 victory.
Greg Akpele put Barkingside ahead, before Jay Eastoe-Smith equalised. However Calvin Poku’s deflected strike eight minutes from time earned a fourth successive victory for Side.
Frew added: “We weathered the storm for the first 15-20 minutes because Dereham were camped in our half, but after that we started to hit them on the break.
“That was the gameplan we had and Greg and Jason Fontaine were hurting them on the wing.
“But all the boys were superb and it was a great performance from the goalkeeper Tim Pitman straight to the forwards and even the substitute Jonathan Adebayo that came on. It was a really good team performance.”
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