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Warren targets Barking’s elusive win over Guernsey

16:48 21 March 2014

Barking  Director of Rugby Nick Warren. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Barking Director of Rugby Nick Warren. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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National Three London & SE preview: Barking v Guernsey

Barking director of rugby Nick Warren feels this is as good a chance as ever for the Gale Street side to break their winless duck when they host mid-table Guernsey on Saturday.

The Goresbrook outfit have had a week extra to prepare for the Islanders visit and with nothing for their opponents to play for, Warren is optimistic that his side can record their first win in National Three London & SE this weekend.

“I think it’s our best chance so far to get that win on the board,” said Warren.

“Guernsey are comfortably in mid-table and have nothing to play for, but we’ll wait and see what side they bring across.

“We’ve got some winnable games late on in the season and although we are already relegated it would be nice to end the season on a high.”

Prop Sam John remains a doubt for this weekend’s game with a thigh injury and will be assessed tomorrow (Thursday) night at training to see whether he can make the matchday squad.

Relegation to London One North may well have been Barking’s fate a little while ago now, but Warren is pleased most of the side have already committed themselves to the club for the new season.

And the Barking chief hopes that the little bit of continuity goes a long way as they look to bounce back to national league rugby at the first time of asking.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with the boys over the last few weeks and it’s encouraging to hear they are committed to the cause,” added Warren.

“People like Craig Ratford, Ollie Forrest and the two John brothers – Nathaniel and Sam – have already said they’d like to stay on.

“We are already preparing for next season and hopefully we can add that bit of experience and make sure the Barking slide down the leagues will stop.

“We need to find our feet and I feel London One North is as low as Barking will go.

“Hopefully that will be the league where we can regroup with this young squad, plus a couple of experienced additions, we can bounce back and get ourselves up to our natural level which I feel is National Two.”

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