Search

Moreland disappointed with high penalty count from Barking in defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 September 2018

Barking in action last season (pic: Tim Edwards)

Barking in action last season (pic: Tim Edwards)

Archant

Gale Street outfit lost 38-24 away from home on Saturday

Director of rugby Andrew Moreland feels the number of penalties Barking conceded against Old Cooperians proved costly in a 38-24 defeat away from home in London Three Essex.

The Gale Street club club had hoped to build on a victory at home to Canvey Island in their opening league game the previous weekend.

Instead, Barking were left to reflect on their first defeat of the season as Coops ran out victors at St Mary’s Lane.

And Moreland believes the penalty count against the Gale Street club on Saturday hampered them in their quest for success.

“We were disappointed to lose on Saturday, but Old Cooperians were really up for the game,” he said.

“In hindsight, we gave away too many penalties and you always make it hard for yourself when you do that.”

With skipper Samuel John failing a late fitness test, Moreland was forced out of retirement and into action on Saturday.

The director of rugby admits that made it tougher for him to gauge who performed well in defeat, but did reserve praise for some of his fellow members in the pack.

“I thought David and Thom did well alongside me in the front row, while our locks performed well too,” he added.

“We’ve shown we have a good foundation in the first two games this season and we had four or five first-team players missing on Saturday.

“We just have to iron out a few early-season issues like any team at this level has to.”

Had John played, he would have come up against his former club and his brother Nathaniel, who plays as a prop for Coops.

Backs coach and fly-half Craig Ratford was another former Coops man in the starting XV for Barking on Saturday, and Moreland was pleased with how he handled the occasion.

“Old Cooperians seemed to be targeting Craig in the game, but he’s played at a high level so was able to deal with it really well,” said Moreland.

Barking are back in action on Saturday when the return home to Gale Street to entertain East London in their next league match.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford Sports News

Yesterday, 18:00

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Norwegian announced today a partnership that sees the award-winning airline named presenting partner of the NBA London Game 2019.

Yesterday, 17:00

Boro beaten 5-3 at home to Seed Growers in league on Saturday

Yesterday, 14:00

Essex club lost 2-1 at home to Wrexham on Saturday — a fifth straight defeat

Yesterday, 13:31

AFC Hornchurch have been handed a home draw in the FA Trophy first qualifying round against either Phoenix Sports or Ramsgate.

Yesterday, 12:00

A double from Peter Oyetunji and a late strike from Obi Molefi sealed a comfortable 3-0 win for Essex under-18s over Hertfordshire in Round One of the FA County Youth Cup to set-up an intriguing visit to the Channel Islands in Round Two.

Yesterday, 08:57

Everyone Active Raiders NIHL 2 defenceman Daniel Hitchings was honoured to pick up his first senior goal in his side’s 8-4 win against Haringey Huskies.

Everyone Active Raiders fell to their fourth successive defeat in National League Division One against defending champions Basingstoke on Sunday night.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Defending Women’s Super League champions Manchester City crused West Ham Women 7-1 at the Academy Stadium on Sunday, but the scoreline did not reflect the brave performance of the visitors.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now