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Barking head coach Tim Usasz aims for team to go down fighting.

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Barking may be relegated but head coach Tim Usasz wants them to go down with their heads held high.

Their 39-18 defeat at Cinderford on Saturday mathematically confirmed their relegation back to National Two South after a two-year spell in the third tier of English rugby.

And the American international wants them to go out on a positive note, starting this weekend at home to Wharfedale.

“Four out of our six wins have come against the top three sides so we know it’s there,” he said.

“But that has been matched by performances against the likes of Birmingham where we have failed to score a try.

“It defies belief that we can only turn up against sides like Jersey and Ealing. But we are where we are because of the form against the lower sides.

“A lot of the players deserve credit for continuing to play with injuries and without pay on some occasions and it would be nice to end the season on a positive note.

“We have four fixtures left and the lads deserve to go out on a high. They have showed a lot of character this season and we must go down fighting.”

But how much of a squad, and in particular front row Usasz has at his disposal remains to be seen after injuries forced them to finish the Cinderford game with uncontested scrums.

Sean Mullins picked up a hamstring injury in training last Thursday, but played on through the pain barrier, while there are doubts over Charles Armstrong, Francis Ambrose and Sam Reynolds

Alex Dodge will miss the match with concussion, though openside flanker Tom Yellowlees could return.

“The lads are keen to go out on a high, but we are waiting on a few injuries,” he added.

“Tom Burns is suffering, Charles Armstrong has been playing through injury, but they have shown true spirit and hopefully there can be one final push to end the season well.”

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