Rugby Union: Mixed emotions for Barking director or rugby Andrew Moreland after narrow defeat to Dover in London Two South East

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 February 2018

A Barking player takes the ball into contact earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Barking player takes the ball into contact earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)


Gale Street club beaten 33-27 at home on Saturday

Barking director of rugby Andrew Moreland admits there were mixed emotions after going down 33-27 at home to Dover in London Two South East.

The Gale Street club scored a penalty try, while David Roast, Sam John and Stephen Hughes also crossed as the hosts came agonisingly close to their first win this season.

Moreland says he was pleased to see Barking collect their first points of the season — one for losing by less than seven points, one for scoring four tries — though added he was devastated the team just missed out on a first triumph since 2016.

“It was pleasing and gutting all at the same time. It was the first time in this season we had taken the lead in a match,” said Moreland.

“Were it not for a 20 minute lapse in concentration in the second half, we could have won the game.

“Still, though, we showed a big improvement in the mental side of the game to recover from conceding tries and score ourselves, whereas earlier in the season the floodgates would have opened.

“The players had a good mindset on Saturday. They went through the phases well and showed that what we’re doing in training is working.

“There was a nice buzz around the place after Saturday, which is weird to say after a defeat, but it is again about the improvements we’ve seen on and off the pitch compared to two months ago.”

Barking are now without a game until March 3 when they make the trip to Haywards Heath in the league.

But after such a promising display against Dover last weekend, Moreland says he wished his team were back in action this Saturday.

“It’s disappointing that there is no game for us this weekend as we wanted to build on that performance,” he added.

“We know we can do it now, so hopefully training goes well ahead of the game with Haywards Heath.

“We’ll focus on the scrum, which did really well against Dover, and also on the areas which didn’t go as well for us.”

It looks set to be a key couple of weeks for Barking as they prepare for the trip to Haywards Heath.

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