Barking head coach Wagstaff rues white-line fever at North Walsham

PUBLISHED: 17:03 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:04 29 October 2014

Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

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Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff was feeling somewhat incredulous after seeing his side slip to a late 32-28 London One North defeat at North Walsham – despite leading by 13 points at half time.

The Gale Street side were in a commanding position at the break after tries from Shaun Turner and Sam Randle, plus Ben Lloyd’s success with the boot, put them 28-15 up.

But despite spending most of the second half in the home half, Wagstaff saw his men lose out to a 79th-minute try and, while picking up a losing bonus point, he felt they left four points in Norfolk.

“To go in at half time 28-15 up and not score a point in the entire second half is incredulous,” said Wagstaff.

“We spent 70-80 per cent of the second half camped in their 22 and it was a case of white-line fever as some of the boys seemed scared of the try line.

“But the forwards were exceptional all game and the line-out may have been shaky on a few occasions, but on the whole that was good as well.

“We should have been coming away from a notoriously tough place, where only one side has won in the past season, with all five points, but instead we made the three-and-a-half hour journey home with just one point.

“I would have settled for just one point at the start of the game, but we definitely left four points out on that pitch and that is very frustrating.”

Wagstaff was particularly frustrated with his side’s slow start to both halves, as they conceded in the opening minute of the first and second periods on their way to the defeat.

“I don’t want to take anything away from North Walsham though as they defended very well,” he added.

“We have conceded twice from the kick-off in both halves and that’s down to individuals missing tackles and lack of concentration from the whole team.

“But like I’ve said on previous occasions we’re probably paying because there is the lack of a winning mentality here and maybe if we go into the game on the back of a few wins we would probably see that game out and come away with five points rather than the one we have.”

Barking: Saunders, Bowles, John, O’Toole, D Ox, Hayes, Speed, Touma, Cook, Lloyd, Bateman, Turner, Wright, Barham, Brown.

Replacements: J Ox, Anderson, Randle.

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