Survival ‘not enough’ for Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 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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Frew wants to show ambition in Ryman League debut

Barkingside manager Matt Frew has told his players beating the drop this season isn’t ambitious enough, as they go into the unknown in Ryman Division One North.

Frew’s men start their campaign against Cheshunt at Oakside on Saturday and are playing at this level for the first time.

But although Frew is looking to consolidate during the first few fixtures, he believes anything is possible with the group of players he has.

He said: “The aim for the first four matches is to consolidate in the league, but that isn’t where I’m aiming to finish.

“There is great belief in the camp and there is nothing to say we can’t finish mid-table.

“If we could finish above Romford, we’ll be up there. The play-offs for me, with our budget, is crazy, but I was a winner as a player and I am a winner as a manager so I can’t just look at staying up.

“It’s not me being ambitious if I say to the players we’ve just got to stay up. I want more.”

Frew talked about the possibility of a lengthy cup run and has challenged his players to continue believing in themselves.

“The players can go as far as they want to, they have just got to give it there all,” he added.

“I’ve got players who could play at other clubs and in better leagues. If they believe in themselves then we can achieve anything.

“Mid-table would be brilliant and a half decent cup run would be nice, especially in the FA Cup, that would be great.”

Barkingside eased to a 7-2 win over Essex Olympian League side Harold Wood at the weekend and Frew revealed it was like going back to his roots in terms of the playing conditions, saying: “It was weird playing on a park and with only one official, back to our roots for us.

“I know Harold Wood well and know their manager, I played with him at Barkingside and they are a good Essex Olympian team.

“Their first goal was bad, it was about six yards offside but that happens.

“They started well and it took us 15-20 minutes to settle, but our fitness told in the end and it was good to score a few goals.”

However, former players Ollie Ventura, Kevin Baker and Aaron Chambers helped May & Baker condemn Side to a 2-1 defeat in their final friendly on Tuesday.

After falling behind on 14 minutes, Frew’s men got back on terms when Adam Salmon, Jake King and Reece Cosson combined to set up Andy Edmunds at close range.

But as they pushed forward in search of a winner, Side were hit on the counter-attack and Bakers sealed victory inside the last five minutes.

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