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Moreland aware Barking face ‘tough’ Braintree task

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 November 2018

Andrew Moreland, director of rugby at Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Andrew Moreland, director of rugby at Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Gale Street club have won their last two matches in the league

Andrew Moreland is aware Barking face a step up in opponent when they host Braintree in London Three Essex on Saturday.

The Gale Street club welcome Braintree this weekend looking for a third straight win in the league.

Both of Barking’s recent wins, though, have come against the league’s current bottom two clubs in Millwall and Maldon.

Braintree, meanwhile, will start Saturday’s game fifth in the table, two places and four points better off than the Gale Street club.

Director of rugby Moreland acknowledges Barking face a tougher task this weekend, but says his side remain as confident as ever.

“We haven’t won three straight games in the league for a while, so it would be nice for us to do that,” he said.

“Braintree are something of an unknown quantity for us and that can work one of two ways.

“Braintree’s form suggests that will offer a tougher challenge than what we faced against Millwall and Maldon, so we have to be at it from the off.”

Barking’s clash with Braintree marks the start of a run of three matches over successive weekends before the league takes a break over Christmas.

After Saturday’s game, the Gale Street outfit also face Old Cooperians and Chelmsford ahead of the festive period.

And Moreland knows how much a good run of form over the next few weeks could boost Barking in the second half of the campaign.

“The games taking us into Christmas are all good, competitive games and if we can get three wins, that would be great,” he added.

“If we can win all three, then we can set our gaze firmly up the table rather than looking over our shoulders.”

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