Warren expecting response from Barking at Westcombe Park
15:31 28 March 2014
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Barking’s Nick Warren has questioned his side’s commitment to the club after suffering an 83-5 home defeat to Guernsey – their heaviest loss of the National Three London & SE season.
Joe Cook was the scorer of the Gale Street side’s sole try early in the second half, but they had gone in 47-0 down at the half-time interval.
And Warren was angered in particular by how they simply ‘gave up’ in the final 20 minutes of the match, which saw the Island side accrue another 24 points
“It was a very difficult afternoon for us,” Warren said. “They were probably stronger than in the reverse fixture, but I wasn’t quite expecting us to put in a performance like that.
“They scored a lot of points in the last 20 minutes and it was like we gave up. There was very little fight. I know it’s been a tough, long season but that wasn’t acceptable.
“The conversation after the match was very short and sweet. A few have to look themselves in the mirror.”
And with preparations already progressing for next season in London One North, Warren is starting to question some of the player’s performances.
He added: “A lot of them have committed themselves to the club for next season, but it seems as though they already have one eye on that.
“One or two of them are going to have to find some performances between now and the end of the season. If they show the commitment to the club now it will be in my mind when it comes to looking at the squad for the new season.”
Warren had hoped to see his side in Essex Cup action on Wednesday, but quarter-final opponents Woodford decided to forfeit the game, and Barking head to 10th-placed Westcombe Park at the weekend.
“The Woodford game would have been perfect preparation for us, but Woodford cried off and we now have to focus our minds on Saturday at Westcombe Park,” he added.
“I told the boys I didn’t want to see them at training until Thursday. The talk between the boys is that they want to end the season with a win and hopefully we can do that.”