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Warren optimistic at Barking ahead of Canterbury test

12:26 21 December 2012

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Barking's coaching trio of Alex Dodge, Nick Warren and Eddie Ambrose will be hoping to pick up their first win of the season against Canterbury on Saturday. Pic:Kevin Foley

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Barking director of rugby Nick Warren believes a few more experienced players will help turn their season around.

After 14 straight losses to the start of their National Two South season, you would have thought morale at Barking would be at an all-time low, but director of rugby Nick Warren insists it is quite the opposite.

And with a crucial home fixture this weekend against Canterbury before the festive break, Warren is hopeful a few more experienced heads in the side will make the difference.

“I am still very optimistic that things will turn around,” said Warren. “We are hoping to have two or three more experienced heads in the squad come Saturday.

“We are specifically targeting the second row. We have a lot of players in their late teens and early 20s, whereas most teams we have come up against are in their late 20s and have that experience to call upon.

“Morale in this situation is the opposite of what you would expect. When results aren’t going your way morale tends to be quite low, but all the boys are confident as ever and if we can get one win, I think will be the boost we need.”

And although new plans have been put in place, Warren believes it is only a matter of time before things start to turn around.

“It’ll be much more of the same in training and nothing drastic will change,” he added.

“When you put plans in place things are not going to change straight away, it all takes time.

“The break we had before the Bournemouth match last Saturday was like a mini pre-season again.

“There is a lot of potential in this squad and we have certainly lacked the experience you need in this league. But that’s being addressed and hopefully things will pick up.”

After this weekend’s fixture, Barking are next in action away at Worthing on January 5.

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