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Barking to take on Chinnor tomorrow in the hope of their first National Two South win.

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Barking will be without captain and fly-half Craig Ratford for the next four weeks after he aggravated a shoulder injury in their 61-0 National Two South loss to Worthing on Saturday.

Ratford missed the opening month of the season due to the injury picked up in a pre-season clash with Esher and has been nursing it ever since.

But director of rugby Nick Warren has ordered Ratford to rest up and is now on the lookout for a new number 10, while he also lost prop Francis Ambrose to a broken finger.

“It is Craig’s shoulder again so we have ordered him to have four weeks off,” said Warren. “Francis is out as well so we need a new No.10 and a prop.”

Despite the heavy defeat at Worthing, Warren received praise from the opposition, who lost coach Dave Roberts on January 2 after his long battle with cancer. “That was another thing which worked against us and no-one would have won there on the day because of the passing of their coach,” he added.

“They were all up and ready to do their former coach proud. But Worthing will get promoted. Henley, who are second, went there and shipped 50 points so only losing by 61 doesn’t seem that bad.”

Sixth-placed Chinnor are Barking’s opposition at Gale Street this weekend and Warren has seen enough in training to suggest that the league’s bottom side could finally pick up their first win.

“All the lads were positive after the game at Worthing and they were all looking forward to training this week,” he said.

“They are all desperate to get on that pitch and hopefully we can pick up our first win.”

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