Wagstaff pleased with progress ahead of North Walsham trip

PUBLISHED: 11:39 24 October 2014

Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

Barking head coach Steve Wagstaff. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

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Head coach Steve Wagstaff is pleased with the progress Barking are making as they recorded a 25-22 London One North win over Letchworth Garden City at the weekend.

Barking's Elliot Brown scored a try in the 25-22 win over Letchworth Garden City. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTOBarking's Elliot Brown scored a try in the 25-22 win over Letchworth Garden City. Pic: Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO

Barking trailed 10-0 and 22-13 on Saturday, however they managed to secure the win thanks to tries from Elliot Brown and Andrew Badcock alongside the boot of Ben Lloyd who kicked five penalties.

And Wagstaff was pleased they got over the line in such a tight encounter, something he believed the side wouldn’t have done in seasons gone by.

“It was a close game and could have gone either way as Letchworth are a very good side,” said Wagstaff.

“But we managed to come out on top and the boys showed the belief to dig in and get the win in the end.

If we were playing that type of game over the last few seasons it was one that Barking would have lost.

“We are making good progress though and I would say we are on a par to where I thought we would be. If we can stay around the top six going into the final few months that would be nice.

“Jordan Saunders was captain for the day and he was definitely my man of the match as he put in a strong performance, while the likes of Connor O’Toole and Darryl Ox were good in the second row.”

And they will hope to secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they make the trip to North Walsham tomorrow, who suffered a ‘surprise’ loss at bottom side Woodford last weekend.

But Wagstaff knows the Vikings are a much tougher proposition on home turf, having lost just once at their Norwich Road base last season, which came against league champions Westcliff on the final day of the campaign.

“They made changes for that loss at Woodford and they are not the same side away from home and though it is a surprise they lost there, it isn’t a shock,” added Wagstaff.

“They will be looking for a reaction from that defeat and it will be tough, but it would be nice to go there and put in a good performance.

“We are gradually getting there in terms of performance, but we aren’t quite the finished article yet.”

Barking: Saunders, Bowles, John, O’Toole, D Ox, Keates, Badcock, Touma, Cook, Lloyd, Bateman, Turner, Clark, Barham, Brown. Replacements: Anderson, J Ox, Speed.

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