Head coach Wagstaff pleased with Barking’s win despite late wobble
PUBLISHED: 18:00 14 January 2015
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Barking end enforced three-week break with 22-15 win over Brentwood.
Barking made a long-awaited return to action with a 22-15 London One North win over Brentwood at Gale Street, but head coach Steve Wagstaff admits the last 30 minutes of the match was one of their ‘worst performances’ of the season, writes Colin Munford.
The Gale Street side led 22-0 early in the second half, and Wagstaff was delighted with how everything clicked.
But come the end of the match their margin of victory was much tighter than the head coach would have liked.
“It was a good win for us against a very good team,” said Wagstaff.
“I was pleased with the first 50-55 minutes because we executed our game plan well.
“But we then fell out of that and allowed them to play the game to their strengths.
“I am happy with the five points, though the last half an hour was some of the worst rugby I have seen us play.
“We let them back into the game and we cannot afford to let sides do that in the future. I was pleased with the breakdown, however, some of our decision making did let us down and we can’t afford to let them happen.”
An eye injury to Aaron Higgins saw the influential Ben Lloyd move to the scrum-half, with Craig Ratford coming into a more accustomed fly-half position.
“Both Ben and ‘Ratty’ had a very good game and settled into the positions well,” added Wagstaff. “But it did upset the balance a little bit.”
Tom Bateman scored a try early on to put Barking in front before Daryl Ox then went over for the second.
Bateman doubled his try tally as Barking went into the break with a 15-0 lead.
And Barking remained in control early on in the second period, with Lloyd going over for a try he converted himself.
But they came slightly unstuck after that and Brentwood registered three unconverted tries to set up a tense finish before the hosts did just enough to seal victory.