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Barking coach keen on beating Old men

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 September 2015

Barking in opening day action at Amersham & Chiltern

Barking in opening day action at Amersham & Chiltern

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Nigel Seaman’s takes his team to Middlesex on Saturday and they will go head-to-head with some old faces

Barking in action in their season opener at Amersham & Chiltern (pic: Deborah Lloyd)Barking in action in their season opener at Amersham & Chiltern (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Barking travel to Old Priorians in London One North this weekend and will see a number of familiar faces, including former player Anthony Andrews, who is now director of rugby at the Middlesex outfit.

The Gale Street side will be able to make the trip in good spirits after registering their first success of the season last Saturday as they overcame Ruislip 27-21 at home.

Head coach Nigel Seaman was delighted his team picked up their first points of the season and wants them to build on that result and gain some momentum now.

“It is a massive game and there is a connection,” said Seaman. “Old Priorians have some ex-Barking players over there and their coach used to play for us a little while ago.

“Hopefully we have settled our nerves now and we can build on our result last weekend.”

Old Priorians, like Barking, started the campaign with a loss. But they bounced back last week to defeat Letchworth Garden City 43-27 in Hertfordshire.

That was an impressive result, considering Letchworth’s much-talked about strong home form, but Seaman believes Barking can have plenty of joy this weekend.

He added: “Old Priorians had a good result at Letchworth, but I have noticed they are leaking plenty of points.

“They have conceded 62 points in those opening two matches, so although they are very good on an attacking front, they are letting plenty in at the other end.

“We have a couple of players coming in this week too. We have Peter Baird returning after injury so that is another option for us.”

Barking opened their account for the season after an impressive defensive display in the second period ensured Ruislip didn’t breach the home defence and the Gale Street outfit grinded out a victory in front of their fans.

Seaman took plenty of positives from the display, but he was also frustrated they failed to build on their impressive start.

Captain Nathan Barham got the opening try of the game after 10 minutes, but Barking had to wait until six minutes before the break to cross the line again thanks to James Blackmore.

By that time Ruislip had taken the lead and they were ahead 17-14 at the interval, but James White scored Barking’s third try of the afternoon at the beginning of the second period to put them back in front.

And a total of 12 points from the boot of Ben Lloyd inspired a first victory of the new season.

“The positives to come out of it was that it was great to stop them scoring in the second half and that we got our first win so we are up and running now,” said Seaman.

“Hopefully we can keep this momentum now and take that into Saturday and be on the right end of the result again.”


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