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Coach Wagstaff wants revenge

11:30 29 January 2015

Barking RFC head coach Steve Wagstaff. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

Barking RFC head coach Steve Wagstaff. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

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Barking will aim to build on their performance against Eton Manor on Saturday

Eton Manor and Barking contest a scrum (pic: George Sessions)Eton Manor and Barking contest a scrum (pic: George Sessions)

Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff admits his team want to do a number on their Luton rivals this weekend after suffering defeat in their previous London One North encounter earlier in the season.

The Newlands Road outfit beat Barking 31-24 in October, but Luton can expect to face a different team at Gale Street on Saturday.

Barking put up a brave fight against Eton Manor in London One North (pic: Martin Pearl)Barking put up a brave fight against Eton Manor in London One North (pic: Martin Pearl)

Wagstaff’s men are a lot more confident in their ability now after a run of six wins in eight matches over the past few months.

And despite suffering a 19-16 loss to title-chasing Eton Manor last weekend, Wagstaff’s men will take plenty from their display at the New Wilderness.

“We will take a lot of confidence from the performance at the weekend and we will build on it massively,” said Wagstaff.

“Looking at Luton they are a completely different kettle of fish altogether.

“They are rebuilding and have a lot of new players. We lost up there so we owe them one, but they will be strong and we need to focus on getting points off them.”

Wagstaff believes Barking’s defeat to Manor in the final play of the game shows any team can beat anyone in London One North this season.

He added: “We had a close game with Luton before, so we need to put a number on them.

“But having said that every team in this league is capable of beating anybody else – as it has been shown against Manor.

“We will have utter respect for Luton, refocus and look to build on the performance we put in against Manor last weekend.”

Although disappointed with the defeat to Manor, with nine matches still remaining Wagstaff is pleased with the strides the club has made this campaign.

Barking sit fifth in the table after achieving nine wins this season and trail Chingford in third by just four points.

Wagstaff believes they have turned around the downward spiral the Gale Street outfit has suffered over the past few campaigns and is pleased with the foundations being put in place.

“We have put some real bounce back into the club this season and the boys and the supporters have now created a real atmosphere around the club,” Wagstaff added.

“It wasn’t there at the beginning of the season, but we are not deflated about ourselves now.

“The supporters are backing us and it is about giving the boys a bit of confidence to go forward and that is what they have now.

“They’ve got the confidence and self belief, which they’ve earned. They are a talented bunch of individuals and a joy to coach.”

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