Rugby Union: Barking forwards coach Andrew Moreland ‘quietly confident’ of ending London Two South East winless run at home to Haywards Heath

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 November 2017

The new rugby union season is now well underway (pix: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The new rugby union season is now well underway (pix: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Gale Street club yet to win in seven league outings this term

Barking forwards coach Andrew Moreland believes home advantage could be crucial as the Gale Street club look for their first London Two South East win of the season when they host Haywards Heath on Saturday.

After seven games of the season, Barking are yet win, but there is a renewed optimism at the club.

Former player and England international Jason Leonard will be in attendance at the lunch ahead of the clash.

And Moreland feels that the ex-RFU president could watch his local team pick up their first success of the term later that afternoon.

“We have to be confident playing at home and we have to take the match to Haywards Heath,” said Moreland.

“Being from Croydon, I’ve played a lot against Haywards Heath in the past, so I know a lot about them.

“They’re a quick side, but they haven’t travelled well this year and if we can front up, I’m quietly confident we can win.”

Barking were due to visit Dover last weekend, but had to concede that match after suffering a spate of injuries to front row players.

And Moreland explained it was a decision the club did not take lightly.

“It was very frustrating because it’s something we didn’t want to happen, but we had too many injuries in the front row. I would have played myself, but even I was injured,” he added.

“It was just one of those freak weeks when we had six or seven guys who play in the front row out injured.”

Moreland believes last weekend highlighted the need for more players to join the club, and hopes people from the local area will be interested in turning out for the club.

“We want to make the club part of the community again and want to get people playing from the local area playing for us and supporting us,” he said.

“We could do with a few more players in the backs, but we won’t turn anyone away from training, regardless of what position they play.”

Training sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm at their base in Gale Street, with players of all abilities welcome.

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