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Essex Senior League: Barking to use friendly with Frenford Senior to field first-team squad after Christmas break

PUBLISHED: 17:30 04 January 2017

Barking manager Glen Golby (right) in action earlier this season (pic: Terry Gilbert)

Barking manager Glen Golby (right) in action earlier this season (pic: Terry Gilbert)

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Blues boss to use fixture as warm-up for important matches to come in January

Barking manager Glen Golby says he intends to use his side’s friendly with Frenford Senior tonight (Wednesday) as a chance for his first-team squad to blow away the cobwebs after having Christmas and New Year off.

The Blues have not been in action since going down 2-1 at home to Ilford on December 17, but are scheduled to host Burnham Ramblers in the Essex Senior League Cup second round next Tuesday.

It means they will have had a 24-day gap between games, so it comes as little surprise that Golby will use the friendly at home to Essex Olympian League side Frenford as a warm-up for his first team.

“Everyone who I classify as a first-team player will be involved against Frenford, but some will get more minutes than others,” said Golby. “We have some big games to come in January, so we need everyone to be in good shape when we return to competitive action.

“We’ve had the players in over Christmas for training to keep them ticking over, but you can’t beat game time.”

Barking start 2017 top of the league table and in addition to the League Cup tie with Burnham, they also have a second- round clash in the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy with Sporting Bengal United to look forward to, with a date yet to be confirmed.

It seems this year could be

one of the biggest in the club’s recent history and Golby is looking forward to kicking it off with a cup win.

“We’re still going strong on three fronts and though we’ve normally rotated in the cups this year, we’ll play our first team against Burnham to give them more minutes ahead of our trip to FC Romania,” he added.


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