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Codling ready for Richmond battle!

PUBLISHED: 11:42 10 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:05 11 August 2010

BELIEF: Barking head coach Alex Codling thinks his side are in with a great chance of promotion.

BELIEF: Barking head coach Alex Codling thinks his side are in with a great chance of promotion.

BARKING rugby coach Alex Codling believes it will be a closely-run race for the National Two South title, but says his players are more than capable of lifting the crown.

by IAIN LIDDLE

BARKING rugby coach Alex Codling believes it will be a closely-run race for the National Two South title, but says his players are more than capable of lifting the crown.

Mounts Bay's withdrawal from the league meant the Goresbrook side was not in action at the weekend, but Ealing's 28-24 win at Westcombe Park saw them pull to within two points of the leaders.

Barking will be favourites to defeat Richmond at home on Saturday and remain at the summit of the league, but former England international Codling believes the title race will go down to the wire.

"We'll just focus on what we are doing and if we do things correctly we'll have a good chance," said the coach ahead of this weekend's game.

"They're a very similar side to Barnes in that they like to move the ball into wide areas and it will be a test for our defence."

He added, of Ealing: "They've spent a lot of money, but are a good team with good players. It should be an exciting finish."

Lock Tim Collier was expected to return for the Richmond game this weekend, but his finger injury now looks likely to keep him sidelined until the following match at the earliest.

Goresbrook played hosts to the television cameras last Monday as Sky Sports' The Rugby Club show filmed their 'School of Hard Knocks' segment.

The feature, which is due to air in March, gives youngsters from inexperienced backgrounds the chance to be coached by rugby legends Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell, but Codling believes his players also took a lot from the evening.

"It was a very good day for a very worthy cause," said the coach.

"They've only been training for around six weeks, but were tremendous. It was a very humbling experience.

"We played some of the second team and some of youth players, but to have two British Lions and two legends at the club was fantastic."

Barking's second team were in action last Wednesday, but went down 15-3 at home to Southend.

The game was played on a waterlogged pitch, which detracted from the quality of the rugby on offer, but Codling says there were still some positives to be taken.

"It was a good game and 5-3 until the end when they got a couple of scores," he said.

"Some of the skill on show, given the conditions, was fantastic though.

"The first team are playing well and winning at the moment, but it's good for them to know there are boys pushing for their places."


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