Seaman ‘delighted’ with Barking win

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 September 2015

Action from Barking's clash with Ruislip (pic: deborah Lloyd)

Action from Barking's clash with Ruislip (pic: deborah Lloyd)


Gale Street head coach reflects on league triumph last weekend and what they need to improve

Barking head coach Nigel Seaman was delighted his team registered their first victory of the London One North season on Saturday, but admitted they made hard work of it.

The Gale Street outfit enjoyed an excellent start as captain Nathan Barham crossed over and Ben Lloyd’s trusty boot put the home side 10-0 up inside the opening 16 minutes.

But Ruislip responded and were actually ahead at the break, but some stern words at half time ensured Barking got back to basics.

And that allowed them to earn a 27-21 success to move them up to 11th in the league standings.

Seaman said: “Yes it was a good victory. We made hard work of it, but yes I am delighted to get that first win of the season.

“We were 10-0 up inside the first 20 minutes with some outstanding play and I was thinking we could get a big score here, but we stepped off the gas and it was weird.

“At half time they were actually leading 21-17 and then we had a frank chat with the boys at the break and said it was unacceptable what had happened.

“We got the converted try quite early on to go back in front and we managed to keep Ruislip to nil in the second half.”

Barking’s head coach praised the Gale Street support and was also pleased to see James Blackmore and James White pick up tries against the Middlesex club on Saturday.

Although he was happy with the triumph, he conceded that the east Londoners need to maintain their level of performance.

He added: “The supporters were great and there was a good number of them there. As I put in my programme notes, we need their support home and away so hopefully they will continue cheering us on.

“It was nice for Nathan to score the first try and it was a good score, but I would say that James Blackmore made that. He is a back row that beat the opposition winger!

“Mentally our boys need to sustain that early pressure and realise that the longer you have possession the easier it gets.

“We had a good 10 minute spell in the first game against Amersham & Chiltern and had a great 20 minute period last weekend.

“Our forwards coach Sean Mullins said to the boys this week against Old Priorians it needs to be a good 50 or 60 minute spell now.”

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