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Hallahan wants Campion to start better at Maldon

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 November 2018

Action from the match between Kings Cross Steelers and Campion at the Memorial Ground (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the match between Kings Cross Steelers and Campion at the Memorial Ground (pic Tim Edwards)

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Cottons Park club came from behind to win 27-24 at Barking last weekend

Campion chase a fifth straight win in London Three Essex when they visit Maldon on Saturday — but Pat Hallahan has warned his team they must start performing from the off.

The Cottons Park club had to battle back from being 17-3 at Barking last weekend to eventually triumph 27-24.

The success at Barking was not the first time this term Campion have had to fight back to win a game after a sluggish start.

Saturday’s game with Maldon, which was initially meant to be at Cottons Park, is also a third away game in a row for Campion, but they will be buoyed by their winning run.

Head coach Hallahan, however, is aware his team must begin games better if their hot streak is to continue for some time yet.

“We can’t afford to keep giving teams head starts in games, so we have to look at starting better,” he said.

“I’m glad we were able to hit back against Barking, but there’s been times this season where games have got away from us after a bad start.

“We have the potential to do well this season and we are keeping an eye on everything so we’ll continue to take each game as it comes.”

Coops enjoyed another fine success last Saturday by eventually getting the better of Barking.

The Cottons Park outfit have won each of their last four in the league, a run that has taken them up to fourth in the table and four points off top.

And Hallahan knows exactly how much Campion’s recent form has boosted his squad’s confidence.

“To win four on the bounce is a great win for the team and to beat Barking was a great marker for us, especially given the players we didn’t have,” he added.

“We played some entertaining rugby, but there were times we were frustrated as some things didn’t come off.

“We played to our strengths which gave us some control in the game and there was a big sigh of relief at the whistle.”

Hallahan will want Campion to play to their strengths again at Maldon on Saturday as the Cottons Park outfit go in search of a fifth successive triumph in the league.

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