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Barnes fires Hartpury warning

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

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HARTPURY head coach John Barnes is wary of a backlash at National Two South's bottom side Barking tomorrow.

Barnes' men dispatched the Londoners 62-6 at home earlier in the season but since then Barking have changed their coach and head into the game boosted by their first win of the season.

Barking beat seventh-placed Chinnor 36-24 last time out and, while they still remain adrift of the rest of the division, Barnes will not be underestimating them.

"It would be easy to say they've struggled all season," said Barnes.

"But the fact of the matter now is they've changed their coach and come into the game on the back of a positive result over a decent Chinnor side, so we cannot afford to take this game lightly.

"They will still have the belief that they can stay up and will be fighting for every point, so we're going to have to get back to our best quickly to beat them.

"It doesn't matter whether you're playing a team that's bottom of the league or flying at the top, we have to beat every team in front of us.

"With the strength and depth we have in this squad, I'm confident we can do that."

Snow has severely hampered Hartpury's preparations over the last week, causing last week's fixture against Bournemouth to be postponed and training schedule to be disrupted.

The side will also be missing a few names this weekend as some members of the squad are preparing to take on Portugal in Lisbon for England students' this Saturday.

But Barnes' men have only lost once on the road this season and they will be hoping they can keep it that way following another arduous trip.

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