Rugby Union: Barking forwards coach Andrew Moreland ‘quietly confident’ of ending London Two South East winless run at home to Haywards Heath

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 November 2017

The new rugby union season is now well underway (pix: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new rugby union season is now well underway (pix: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Gale Street club yet to win in seven league outings this term

Barking forwards coach Andrew Moreland believes home advantage could be crucial as the Gale Street club look for their first London Two South East win of the season when they host Haywards Heath on Saturday.

After seven games of the season, Barking are yet win, but there is a renewed optimism at the club.

Former player and England international Jason Leonard will be in attendance at the lunch ahead of the clash.

And Moreland feels that the ex-RFU president could watch his local team pick up their first success of the term later that afternoon.

“We have to be confident playing at home and we have to take the match to Haywards Heath,” said Moreland.

“Being from Croydon, I’ve played a lot against Haywards Heath in the past, so I know a lot about them.

“They’re a quick side, but they haven’t travelled well this year and if we can front up, I’m quietly confident we can win.”

Barking were due to visit Dover last weekend, but had to concede that match after suffering a spate of injuries to front row players.

And Moreland explained it was a decision the club did not take lightly.

“It was very frustrating because it’s something we didn’t want to happen, but we had too many injuries in the front row. I would have played myself, but even I was injured,” he added.

“It was just one of those freak weeks when we had six or seven guys who play in the front row out injured.”

Moreland believes last weekend highlighted the need for more players to join the club, and hopes people from the local area will be interested in turning out for the club.

“We want to make the club part of the community again and want to get people playing from the local area playing for us and supporting us,” he said.

“We could do with a few more players in the backs, but we won’t turn anyone away from training, regardless of what position they play.”

Training sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm at their base in Gale Street, with players of all abilities welcome.

Latest Barking and Dagenham Stories


Stand-in Essex captain Tom Westley admitted his side were outplayed by Nottinghamshire in their County Championship defeat at Chelmsford.


Which one of these four players is England’s greatest right midfielder of all time?

Barking theatre company Studio 3 Arts is launching a fringe arts festival.

Yesterday, 17:28

Belgium and Tunisia have met on three previous occasions in all competitions, with a win apiece and a draw. The encounters have been tight affairs, with victories decided by one-goal margins, but today’s match didn’t follow the same trend.

Yesterday, 16:00

Eastbury Manor House is celebrating one hundred years since it was saved from demolition.

Yesterday, 13:01

Nottinghamshire required just an hour and three-quarters on the fourth morning of the Specsavers County Championship game at Chelmsford to remove the last six Essex wickets and claim victory.

Yesterday, 12:57

Lakeside Hammers team boss Will Pottinger admits his side have “momentum” after a nail-biting away win at Scunthorpe on Friday night.

I feel like Sir David Attenborough has been lying to us. Not about the plastic thing, sadly. I miss having my individually wrapped peanut halves. But he’s been lying about nature.


The festive season is a hectic time for many, with frenzied dashes to the shops for groceries and gifts, and parties to arrange and attend.

Newsletter Sign Up

Barking and Dagenham Post twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Barking and Dagenham Post
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now