Rugby Union: Barking head coach Ollie Smith relishing derby with Chingford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 March 2017

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)


Gale Street club make the short trip around the A406

Barking head coach Ollie Smith says his side will be up for the challenge of beating Chingford in London One North on Saturday, despite their poor form.

The Gale Street club are without a win since October 8, a run of 14 matches in the league.

In the previous fixture with Chingford at the start of November, though, Barking gave a good account in a 45-22 loss, and Smith knows that is something to build on.

“On our day we know we can be very competitive and we have been for spells in most matches this season, but what we lack is consistency,” he said.

“That’s down to some of the players not being up to London One North standard, and also down to a consistent lack of numbers at training, which makes it difficult.

“We know the areas that we needed to improve on after the Tring match and if we can implement that, then we will have given ourselves a chance.

“It’s a derby game, so the guys should be able to pick themselves up and give it their all against Chingford.”

Barking will also no doubt be itching to set the record straight on the pitch following a 126-0 loss at home to leaders Tring in their last outing.

Like all sides in the competition, the Gale Street club had last weekend off, giving them longer to mull over that huge loss.

But Smith revealed that some of the players had featured for Barking’s other teams and had helped pick up a morale-boosting result.

“A few of the lads played in the second team fixture at the weekend and were able to help to a good win against Upminster, so that would have helped,” he added.

“It has been tough this season, but we are where we are because we’ve not been good enough.

“We know we have to build in training on what we have for next season, and the aim now is to not finish bottom.”

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