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Ratford knows Barking gave themselves too much work to do against Braintree

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 December 2018

Action from Barking's match against Braintree in London Three Essex (pic: Martin Dutt)

Action from Barking's match against Braintree in London Three Essex (pic: Martin Dutt)

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Gale Street club let in seven tries in first half of 52-19 defeat at home on Saturday

Action from Barking's match against Braintree in London Three Essex (pic: Martin Dutt)Action from Barking's match against Braintree in London Three Essex (pic: Martin Dutt)

Craig Ratford admits Barking gave themselves too much work to do in the second half of a 52-19 defeat at home to Braintree in London Three Essex.

The Gale Street club had been looking to rack up a third straight win in the league after beating Maldon and Millwall in their previous two matches.

However, a difficult first half saw Barking trail 45-5 at the break against Braintree as the visitors ran in seven tries before the interval.

To their credit, the hosts continued to fight in the second half and scored two tries to the visitors’ one.

The damage, however, had been done in the first half, which is something attack coach Ratford acknowledges.

“We left ourselves with too much to do. Braintree attacked us well in the first half and we only had ourselves to blame,” he said.

Despite trailing by 40 points at the interval, Barking gave a good account of themselves in the second period.

The Gale Street club scored 14 points after the break, while Braintree managed just seven.

And Ratford says that is something Barking can take from the match despite the end result.

“A big positive was that we regrouped at half time, made some changes to the way we wanted to play and ended up winning the second half,” he added.

Another plus-point for Ratford from the defeat to Braintree was the display given by the Barking pack.

And the attack coach was grateful to the forwards’ efforts for the Gale Street club against Braintree.

“Our pack worked hard throughout and can’t fault them for their effort and some of their play as very good,” he said.

Braintree coach Jamie Clarke, meanwhile, told his club website: “It was a really great team display. Our defence was outstanding and we got the balance right in terms of attacking with our forwards and releasing our backs.

“It’s always nice to win away and we now have two games at home before Christmas where we can hopefully carry our form into the New Year and finish with a run of wins.”

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