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Barking want a repeat display against Luton

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:08 19 February 2016

Barking win a line out during their 20-17 success away to local rivals Chingford (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Barking win a line out during their 20-17 success away to local rivals Chingford (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

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Gale Street side believe there will be a lot of similarities from previous victory this weekend

Backs coach Ben Lloyd hopes Barking have a feeling of déjà vu when they host London One North strugglers Luton on Saturday.

The Gale Street club already have one win over Luton this season, triumphing in wet and muddy conditions away from home in November.

Similar conditions are expected this weekend for the reverse fixture with heavy rain predicted between now and the weekend.

Lloyd knows that the weather may lead to the game being decided by the pack, but adds Barking can call on an expansive game in the backs if needed.

“We are expecting conditions to be like they were when we last played Luton, which lends itself to a forwards game,” said Lloyd.

“We have the big boys up top who are able to get us over the gain line, but we have to make sure we get the basics right.

“In those kind of conditions, it is tough to play an expansive brand of rugby, but we have the ability to play that way if needed.

“We have exciting boys out wide who can cause other teams problems and we have forwards who can front up if needed.”

Three teams will drop down from the division at the end of the season and while Luton and Harrow look to be doomed already, Barking are by no means safe.

Victory at local rivals Chingford lifted Barking out of the relegation zone and three points clear of danger, with their hosts last weekend replacing them in the drop.

Another win this weekend would give Barking their first back-to-back triumphs since the start of January.

And with just seven games left in the season, Lloyd is fully aware that now is the time for Barking to embark on a good run of form if they want to stay up.

“If you look at the bottom of the table, it’s extremely tight with seven points splitting Ruislip in ninth from Chingford in 12th,” added Lloyd.

“One win would change everything, so to win two or three in a row and go on a little run of form would be massive.

“We know, though, that we can’t look past Luton. They have some decent players in their squad, so we must be fully focussed on beating them on Saturday.”


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