London Scottish are favourites insists Barking coach Alex Codling ahead of promotion deciding game

PUBLISHED: 09:36 06 May 2011

Alex Codling

Alex Codling

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Codling keen to end spell at club on a high.

Barking coach Alex Codling is hoping to go out with a bang as his side prepare for their toughest challenge in his time at Gale Street.

Codling has decided to call time on a hugely successful two years at the club, which has seen them promoted from National Two South and they go into the final two games of the season knowing they can secure back-to back promotions, and earn a place in the Championship, the second tier of national rugby.

“I made my decision a little while ago, but it has been a great couple of years,” said Codling.

“It has been an honour to work with the boys, and the development into having six in the England Counties squad, the most by anyone, is an outstanding acheivement. But it is all about finishing the season off on a high, and the occasions don’t come any bigger than on Saturday.”

The Goresbrook outfit may be going into this weekend’s winner-takes- all clash against London Scottish as underdogs, but that doesn’t worry Codling as his side prepare for the biggest game in their recent history.

The former England international believes just getting to this stage of the season with something still to play for is testament to his team.

“Scottish have been playing very well and we know we are in for a tough encounter against a very experienced side,” he said. They will go into the game as favourites but all we have got to worry about is looking after ourselves.

“It’s a fact that these are the two best teams in the league and it will be a great advert for National One rugby. It’ll have a cup final atmosphere and I hope we can get the support down to Gale Street for the game, as the boys definitely deserve it.”

Not many would have predicted the season the Gale Street outfit have had and they remain undefeated going into the final fortnight of the season, but Codling believes Saturday is one for the players and club alike to enjoy and savour.

“There is no pressure, we are just looking forward to the occasion,” he added.

“The occasion is here and it is just great and shows how far the club has come in recent years.”

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