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Davis ready for Bari's battle with rivals Clapton

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 December 2015

London Bari face the camera before their derby win over Tower Hamlets (pic: London Bari FC)

London Bari face the camera before their derby win over Tower Hamlets (pic: London Bari FC)

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The two Old Spotted Dog clubs clash in first match of 2016 this weekend

London Bari manager Chris Davis revealed his team have been training over the festive period so they are properly prepared for Saturday’s clash with old rivals Clapton.

The two clubs, who both play at the Old Spotted Dog ground, go head-to-head for their first Essex Senior League match of 2016.

Bari are eighth in the table, one place ahead of the Tons and two points better off despite playing 19 matches compared to Clapton’s 21.

A win for Davis and his team would be the perfect way to begin the new year, but they are expecting a difficult encounter as usual.

“Hopefully we get a good crowd, we hope they all turn up,” said the Bari boss.

“It will be a good game. I know they have not had the most consistent season, but every time they play us there seems to be some sort of extra energy for them.

“We are expecting a really difficult game and that is why we are starting to prepare already. We know when it comes to Clapton versus Bari there is always something extra.”

With rain set to arrive on Saturday, Davis hopes the match does take place.

He did praise how the Old Spotted Dog pitch has coped with the weather this season, however, and believes the game should be fine to go ahead as expected.

“Hopefully the weather stays good for it. We haven’t had a game called off this season, even when it has rained really badly or the weather has been really poor,” added Davis.

“I reckon if it stays the way it has been over Christmas time then we will get the game on.”

Bari will be hoping to add to the 32 points they currently have in the league on Saturday against the Tons.

Davis revealed what their target is for the second half of the campaign and hinted they could finish high up the table if they reach their goal.

“We set a target for ourselves and in the first half of the season we have met that. We hope that in the second half we can also meet our target again,” he added.

“The targets are the points we set ourselves for the first half of last season compared to this season and then the other target is the points total at the end of the season compared to what we had last season so we are on track towards them.

“At the moment the boys look like they want to surpass it. Fingers crossed if everyone keeps working hard then we should be able to surpass it and if we do that it gives us an edge.

“The target we have set ourselves means we will probably be right up there come the end of the season and that is why we set ourselves that target so we hope 2016 can be as good as 2015 has been for us.”

A victory this weekend will ensure Bari start the New Year in the best possibly way.

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