Barking fired up by Colchester comments

PUBLISHED: 13:55 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:55 27 February 2015

Barking's Ben Lloyd (left) looks on during his side's win over North Walsham (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Barking's Ben Lloyd (left) looks on during his side's win over North Walsham (pic: Deborah Lloyd)


Barking player-coach Ben Lloyd says inflammatory comments from this weekend’s opponents Colchester have given his side all the motivation they need to beat them.

In the build-up to the match, Colchester’s fans have taken to online forums to suggest their side should be able to take maximum points from their clash with the Gale Street side.

Lloyd says the side have found the comments disrespectful but that they have given Barking an extra incentive to win this weekend.

“We’re a very confident side and there was only five points in it last time (Barking lost to Colchester 34-29 earlier this season),” said Lloyd.

“For them (their fans) to say stuff like that is like a red rag to a bull. We’ve got a point to prove and show that we’re Barking and they should be giving us a lot more respect.”

Colchester have only lost once in the league all season, on the opening day to Barking’s local rivals Eton Manor but the Gale Street side gave the league leaders a fright earlier in the season.

And Lloyd is expecting another close encounter when his side travel up the A12 this weekend.

“It was a tight game and we think we should’ve done better. We didn’t feel like that scoreline did us justice,” he added.

“We know they’ve improved as the season’s gone on but so have we, We’ve got the bit between our teeth and a point to prove this weekend.”

Barking head into the match on the back of a confidence-lifting 36-21 win over North Walsham.

The victory ended a run of three straight defeats and Lloyd is hopeful the side can now embark on a triumphant run.

“It’s an age-old cliche that winning’s a habit, but so is losing. We didn’t want to turn three defeats into four.

“It was really important for us to bounce back and get ourselves out of that losing run. We needed that confidence.”

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