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Programme set up for Barking over Christmas and New Year break.

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There may well be a two-week break over the holiday period for Barking but the players will definitely be working hard, according to director of rugby Nick Warren.

Barking’s disappointing season in National Two South continued on Saturday with a 15th successive defeat — a 43-10 loss at home against Canterbury — despite an improved performance.

And Warren knows there is a lot of hard work ahead if they want to turn the corner and pick up their first win of a frustrating campaign which sees them 21 points adrift at the bottom of the table.

“There is a lot of spirit and every single one of them is battling,” said Warren after the Canterbury defeat.

“We have got the programme set up, we’ll use SportHouse over the Christmas period and we’ll just keep working.

“I said to the players in the changing room after the game, they have got to keep their heads up and keep working.

“Things are in place now and we have got to trust it.”

Frustratingly for Warren, his side lack experience, especially in the forwards department and he knows that bridge has to be addressed.

“We controlled the ball for long periods, but we just don’t have the strike players to finish off when we get to the danger zone. That’s what is killing us.

“We are very young in the forwards and we are coming off second best in that department week in week out. We know what the problem areas are and they must be worked on.”

Following the two-week break things do not get any easier for the Gale Street side as they make the trip to table-topping Worthing on January 5.

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