Bakers preparing for another long trip

PUBLISHED: 16:30 30 September 2015

Action from May & Bakers clash with Beccles (pic: Rob Stanbridge).

Action from May & Bakers clash with Beccles (pic: Rob Stanbridge).


Andy Yarrow, captain last season, delighted to get opening win of the season against Beccles

May & Baker’s Andy Yarrow admits the travelling they are having to do in the first month of the London Three North East campaign has been a reality check for the Dagenham club.

The Essex One champions had to visit Stowmarket in Suffolk on the opening weekend of the season and on Saturday, they travel up to West Norfolk.

It is a far cry from going to places like Millwall, Ilford and East London, like they did last year, but Yarrow believes the new captain at the club is doing a fine job of arranging things.

“Joe Jones is our new captain and he has been very proactive already and messaged everyone to see if they are available for this weekend,” said Yarrow.

“It has been a bit of a reality check this year, you realise the amount of travelling that you have to do at this level. This is like the first step into travelling long distances for matches.

“Speaking to a lot of people it seems like nobody does well on the road, but everyone has good home form, so we need to make our home a fortress.”

Fortunately Bakers were able to register their first win of the campaign last weekend as they thrashed Beccles 47-14 at home.

It was an impressive result for the recently promoted side and moved them up to sixth in the league stanings ahead of facing fourth-placed West Norfolk, who have won twice.

“Our home record has always been fantastic and we spoke before kick-off on Saturday about making it a fortress again,” added Yarrow. “It was nice to get off the mark in London Three North East in front of a decent crowd.

“It is a very long trip this weekend to West Norfolk now and they are a very good team. With it being so far away what we need to try and do is get a consistent team out.

“Everybody is going to be available for the homes games, but not for the away matches so we are trying to do that.”

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