Barking bidding to beat Essex friends

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 September 2015

Barking return to Gale Street this weekend looking for a second home win of the season (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Barking return to Gale Street this weekend looking for a second home win of the season (pic: Deborah Lloyd)


Seaman wants hosts to end Brentwood’s perfect start at Gale Street this weekend

Barking head coach Nigel Seaman is expecting a friendly rivalry when Brentwood visit Gale Street on Saturday.

In addition to his Barking role, Seaman is also coaching the Essex County team this season, which features players from both clubs.

Seaman says the Barking and Brentwood players have built up a good rapport through representing the county, which should make the weekend’s London One match all the more intriguing.

“It’s a massive game and with the players from both sides having a good bond playing for Essex, it should make it even better,” said Seaman.

“It’s a big game because they are flying in the league at the minute with some good wins.”

When the clubs last met in the Essex Cup final last season, Brentwood were the victors in what was former Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff’s last game in charge.

With Seaman now plotting Brentwood’s downfall, he believes there will be a better outcome on Saturday

“Tactically, we’ll be a lot different from the last meeting. We targeted certain players in that game, which we won’t be doing this weekend,” he added.

Barking have had a mixed start to the season, with a home win over Ruislip sandwiched between losses at Amersham & Chiltern and Old Priorians.

Brentwood, meanwhile, have won all three of their league encounters so far, including an opening day success at Old Priorians.

Seaman admits he has been slightly disappointed with Barking’s slow start to the season, but knows the results will come.

“I’m sure once we get two wins in a row, our season will really start to kick off and we’ll get on a good run,” he said.

“Of course I’d rather have more wins than losses at this stage, but we’re working hard in training to improve.”

Something that isn’t helping the Barking cause early in the season is injuries, with the club suffering from a number of absentees.

Prop Ellis Stanyon was handed his debut for the club in the 38-5 loss at Old Priorians, with Steve Hayes scoring the solitary try from the back of a driving maul.

And Seaman is confident the club will see an upturn in fortunes once the worst of the injury crisis is over and players begin to return to training.

“We’ve proved we can win already this season,” he added.

“Personally I think Ruislip, who we beat, are a better team than Old Priorians, who we lost to in our last game.

“We picked up a couple more injuries, but we’re starting to have players returning, which is good.

“At the minute we’ll take every game as it comes and go from there, knowing there are a few to come back.”

Seaman will be hoping that Barking come through this weekend’s clash at home to Brentwood without any further additions to their injury list.

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