Fenn sets ’Side a points ultimatum

TONY FENN expects his Barkingside team to take six points from their next two games against relegation candidates Mauritius Sports and London APSA.

TONY FENN expects his Barkingside team to take six points from their next two games against relegation candidates Mauritius Sports and London APSA.

The Oakside chief insists his team have to collect maximum points from their next two games if they want to continue their pursuit of the Essex Senior League title.

'Side are eighth in the table, 13 points behind top of the table Burnham Ramblers, but Fenn's men have five games in hand on the league leaders.

Chris Wood's Mauritius Sports are bottom of the Essex Senior League, having shipped 84 goals in 28 games, an average of three a game.


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APSA are fifth from bottom, but look to be swimming clear of the relegation whirlpool.

This Saturday 'Side travel to Wadham Lodge, before hosting John Higley's men on Monday night.

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"We're expected to win both games, but just because they are near the bottom doesn't mean it's going to be easy," said Fenn.

"No one is going to give you points in this league, you have to work for them. I'd take a 1-0 from both games.

"However, with the pitches starting to dry up I'd expect us to be able to out play Mauritius and APSA.

"Drier pitches suit our passing game. It's going to be a battle on Saturday, but I expect us to dig in and a get result. The same goes for Monday."

Fenn saw Barkingside's 1-1 draw with promotion rivals Enfield 1893 on Saturday as a missed opportunity with Burnham losing to Stansted.

"It was an opportunity missed with Burnham losing to Stansted, but you have to give credit to Enfield, they're a good side.

"It was end to end, but I'm disappointed we didn't take all three points from the game. On reflection a draw was fair," said the Oakside chief.

'Side's leading marksman Sean Thomas gave his team the lead before Carl Conway clattered into the E's Joe May in the box. Wes Borghys confidently stepped up to level the scores.

"Although Sean did score a good goal, I thought his finishing was a bit off, as was Ryan Imbert's. We got in behind them quite a lot and should have made more of our chances," lamented Fenn.

"We went 1-0 up and then gave away a silly penalty. The ball was going out, Carl didn't need to make the block challenge, but people make mistakes."

With a bulging fixture list to plough through Fenn is eager to bolster his squad for the run-in.

As the Recorder went to press 'Side's manager was preparing to stage a trialist match where he expected to sign "at least five or six new players", before the transfer deadline at the end of the month.

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