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Lloyd hails ‘massive’ win for Barking

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 February 2016

Barking backs coach Ben Lloyd clears the lines against Chingford (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Barking backs coach Ben Lloyd clears the lines against Chingford (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

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Backs coach glad to overcome local rivals Chingford to boost bid to beat drop

Barking backs coach Ben Lloyd was delighted the team’s resilience came to the fore in their 20-17 win at fellow London One North battlers Chingford.

The Gale Street club played much of the away game a man light after Francis Ambrose was sent off for a second yellow card in the 30th minute having already spent 10 minutes in the sin bin.

Barking had to come from behind on more than one occasion in the game with tries from Lloyd and Jack Longhurst clawing back the deficit before a late penalty try put them 20-12 ahead,

Chingford ralled with a late try of their won that was unconverted to set up a tense finale, but Barking were able to cling on for an important win that saw their hosts replace them in the bottom three.

Lloyd knows the success was vital for a number of reasons, but was just pleased to be successful at a venue that has not been a happy hunting ground for him over the years.

“There haven’t been many games I’ve had at Chingford where I’ve been on the winning team!” said Lloyd.

“As a derby, it’s always good to get a win, but it’s even better because we fought hard for it and we’re both near the bottom of the table.

“To be down to 14 men for 60 minutes and still come away with the win shows that it was a brilliant effort from the boys.”

With their triumph, Barking were able to end a run of three successive defeats in the league which had seen them drop back into the relegation zone.

And now having jumped above both Chignford and Chelmsford to sit three points clear of danger, Lloyd says confidence is high again at Gale Street.

“There was a great mood in the camp afterwards because everyone knew beforehand how big the game was,” he added.

“We’re in a battle at the bottom so any points are valuable, but to beat your local rivals who are in the fight with you is important.

“We knew the game could be significant come the end of the season, so we’re glad we came out on top with a vital win.”


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