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Codling’s delighted by opening day joy

PUBLISHED: 12:40 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:52 11 August 2010

ON TARGET: Craig Ratford managed a fine personal haul of 17 points as Barking defeated Shelford.           Photo: George Phillipou.

ON TARGET: Craig Ratford managed a fine personal haul of 17 points as Barking defeated Shelford. Photo: George Phillipou.

BARKING head coach Alex Codling was delighted after his side began their National Two South campaign with a comprehensive victory over Shelford on Saturday, writes MATT DINER. The Goresbrook club were dominant from start to finish and registered a 43-2 wi

BARKING head coach Alex Codling was delighted after his side began their National Two South campaign with a comprehensive victory over Shelford on Saturday, writes MATT DINER.

The Goresbrook club were dominant from start to finish and registered a 43-2 win over their newly-promoted opponents, to start their season with a bang.

"I am delighted by the performance and the result on Saturday, but we can't take it easy and there is still lots to work on," Codling said, mindful that there will be tougher tests ahead.

"There are two key elements which must improve, which are our composure, and at times our execution.

"However, we are coming off a good pre-season and it was hard to play against a team who have just been promoted, but we played very well and deserved that result."

It was a superb display from a side which is pretty similar to the one which finished strongly last season, although the on-field leadership has changed hands with Adam Kwasnicki taking over from James Kellard.

"In modern rugby, everyone on that field should act like a captain," Codling said. "Adam is an outstanding leader and I felt as our player of the year last year, James should concentrate on just playing his rugby."

Barking will need the England Counties player to be on top form this weekend when the Essex side host Canterbury.

"There is no doubt that it will be a very tough game," Codling said.

"They are a team which always challenge towards the top and last season we beat them and they beat us, so it will hopefully be a great game.


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