There’s no home comfort for Barkingside

PUBLISHED: 10:48 23 September 2010

Barkingside manager Tony Fenn

Barkingside manager Tony Fenn


Barkingside boss Tony Fenn is bemoaning his team’s luck as they continue to be without a home weekend fixture.

Barkingside boss Tony Fenn is bemoaning his team’s luck as they continue to be without a home weekend fixture.

’Side have yet to play a home league game this season, with this weekend’s game against Takeley cancelled due to Redbridge’s FA Cup tie against Harrow Borough taking precedence, and Fenn feels the team are training with no purpose because of it.

“When games keep on getting re-arranged or cancelled it makes training difficult,” said the Barkingside manager.

“We usually work with the games in mind, but at the moment we just seem to be training for the sake of it.”

Fenn’s men slumped to a 6-2 defeat in the FA Vase last weekend at AFC Dunstable with the ’Side boss angry at their performance.

“Within six minutes of the game it was 2-2, but as we went for it near the end we ultimately paid the price,” said Fenn.

“The defending for those first two goals was atrocious and it did not get much better from there.

“The only positive we can take from it was that we held the lead after only 30 seconds, but we definitely have to improve.”

With the Oakside outfit leaking goals, Fenn has targeted several new players in the hope of improving their goals against tally.

“I am looking to bring a few in to improve the defence and, after initial talks, we will hopefully be able to introduce some new blood into the team.”

Barkingside travel to Mauritius Sports on Tuesday night (7.45pm) with Fenn rating his side’s chances.

“They have improved a lot and won 6-0 against Basildon a couple of weeks back,” said the ’Side boss.

“They’ll be a strong team, but I feel we stand a great chance.”

But the fixture has been put into doubt after the Sports’ Wadham Lodge ground has problems with its floodlights, leaving Barkingside even more frustrated.

Meanwhile, ’Side have arranged the League Cup game against Clapton for October 4, and the Essex & Herts Border Combination Cup tie with Ilford on October 18, which will be free admission for any Barkingside fans that made the trip to AFC Dunstable last weekend.

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