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Ratford knows Barking must improve to beat Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 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 suffered heavy defeat at home to Braintree last weekend

Craig Ratford hopes Barking can return to winning ways in London Three Essex on Saturday, but knows they face a tough challenge at high-flying Chelmsford.

The Gale Street club make the trip to Chelmsford having lost 52-19 at home to Braintree last weekend.

Though they trailed by 40 points at the break last Saturday, Barking will be looking to build on a solid second-half showing that saw them score 14 points to Braintree’s seven.

Away from home this weekend, the Gale Street club will face opposition who also lost their last game, with Chelmsford going down 13-10 at Campion in their most recent outing.

Both teams, then, will be striving to get back to winning ways in the league this Saturday.

Attack coach Ratford is wishing it will be Barking who will be celebrating come Saturday night, but knows they need to give an improved display if they are to triumph away from home.

“Chelmsford will be a tough game, but we have to go there and step up,” he said.

The trip to Chelmsford on Saturday is Barking’s final away game before the league takes a break for Christmas.

The Gale Street club have won just once on the road in 2018, though that success did come in their most recent away game at Maldon on November 17.

But Ratford wants Barking to add to that tally with another successful away day at Chelmsford this weekend.

“It’s our last away game of the year so hopefully we can get a result,” added the attack coach.

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