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Seaman: Barking didn’t do jobs well

PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 September 2015

Barking try scorer Ben Lloyd (centre) runs at the Amersham defence (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

Barking try scorer Ben Lloyd (centre) runs at the Amersham defence (pic: Deborah Lloyd)

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Head coach disappointed with defeat at Amersham

Barking head coach Nigel Seaman was frustrated by the team’s performance as they lost their opening match of the London One North Season 37-16 away to Amersham & Chiltern.

A Craig Ratford drop goal had put the visitors in front early on before Amersham hit back to take the lead.

Ben Lloyd converted his own try just after the break to cut the gap to just seven points before the hosts, relegated from National League Three last season, showed their class with more scores.

Seaman admits Amersham were the better side but believes Barking must learn to play the conditions and officials better as the campaign progresses.

“Amersham are a very well structured side and they’ve kept most of the players from the team that played in the National Leagues last year,” said Seaman.

“But that doesn’t take away from the fact we didn’t do our jobs well enough. We had a great start but we didn’t take our chances.

“There were a few contentious decisions from the referee but when your penalty count is high, you’re not going to win games. They kicked 15 points, which is too many to give away.

Despite the result though, Seaman believes there are positives the Gale Street club can take from their opening day defeat into the rest of the season.

“It’s the first game we’ve had together really with players missing the occassional match during pre-season for one reason or another.

“We lost a few players through injuries but we now have the strength in depth to cope. I had to tell six players last week they weren’t playing, which isn’t easy but it good for the club going forward as we know we have the numbers.”


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