Head Coach Wagstaff: Barking boys must add belief to ability

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 October 2014

Aaron Higgins scored one of Barking's tries at Luton (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Aaron Higgins scored one of Barking's tries at Luton (pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff doesn’t doubt the ability of his side, but says they have to believe in themselves if they want to progress.

The Goresbrook outfit lost out 31-24 to Luton on Saturday, but picked up a pair of bonus points on offer.

And Wagstaff hopes his players can start adding the finishing touches, which they lacked at Luton, when they host Letchworth Garden City on Saturday.

“We played some good stuff in patches at Luton, but we just lacked the final pass,” said Wagstaff.

“We probably left a good four or five tries out there which is disappointing.

“Luton are a good side, but when you lose, the best thing to do is pick up the two bonus points and that’s what we did.”

Barking trailed 21-12 at the end of the first half as the hosts made the most of an early sin-bin for Wagstaff’s side, while the visitors failed to reciprocate the favour when Luton went a man down in the second period.

But they ended up slipping to defeat despite Tom Bateman’s brace and one each for Ryan Keates and Aaron Higgins, while Ben Lloyd converted two.

“We went a man down early on for showing a lack of discipline, but then they also had one in the bin, however we didn’t make the most of it,” added Wagstaff.

“It’s good that we are getting ourselves in those positions, but we have set some high standards this season and we didn’t quite match them.”

The Luton loss is their fourth of the season, but they have picked up a bonus point in two of those.

And while feeling his squad is blessed with plenty of ability on the pitch, it’s the lack of a winning habit over the past few seasons which is costing them dearly at the moment.

“There is a lack of confidence from some of the players that have been at the club a while, but we need to start winning games,” said Wagstaff.

“The players all have the ability and God help the side which meets us when it all clicks! But players need to start believing in themselves and that’s one of the hardest things to try and teach.”

Barking host a Letchworth side which piled on the misery for London One North basement-boys Woodford last weekend with a 103-0 win, and Wagstaff will make changes for the fixture.

“We are facing a completely different side this weekend with a big heavy pack and and I will have to pick a side to suit,” he said.

“Joe Touma and Sam John did well in the second team and could come in.”

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