May & Baker youngsters get new season off to mixed start against local rivals Barking

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 October 2017

May & Baker mini's (Pic: Jack Courtney)

May & Baker mini's (Pic: Jack Courtney)


May & Baker youth teams kicked-off their season with mixed fortunes against local rivals Barking last weekend.

May & Baker mini's (Pic: Jack Courtney) May & Baker mini's (Pic: Jack Courtney)

The under-eights have made starting games well a habit of recent times and a great barrelling run from Elliot Major allowed the ball to be offloaded for Rylee Parish to touch down and open the account for the day.

They were tested in defence and this was another challenge they stepped up to embrace and after numerous tags Miller Galley fell on the loose ball to set up a counter attack, which was converted by Thomas Fairfield to put Bakers two up.

Barking restarted the game and were quick to attack the space with a stretching dive bringing them back to within one score.

Bakers restored their two-try lead soon after as James Lampard broke to help Major cross the line to end the half on a high.

Barking began the second half and were starting to stretch Bakers, drawing them in to the centre and striking around the outside.

Despite her best efforts Jorja Marks was just a fingertip away from preventing a try and Ollie Martin tried to restore the visitors’ lead, but was tagged just short of the line as Barking intercepted well to level.

The hosts were then able to touch down once more to give them a 20-15 victory.

After going so close, Bakers had the flavour for the second game and after winning the toss again Fairfield touched down from the kick off to put the ahead.

But Barking bounced back very quickly in what turned into a back and forth encounter.

Bakers moved the ball well and Tom Fairfield finished off a fine attacking spell to give the lead back to Bakers.

However their Barking rivals were able to touch down once more before the break to leave it all square at the interval.

Alfie Birtles broke well through the centre to play the ball to fellow debutant Callum Lewis for his first try for the club.

Barking clawed a late try back to leave Bakers the final play to snatch the victory and in true story book style Rylee Parish dodged and weaved through to touch down and give his side a 20-15 victory.

The under-10s were also in action and had a remarkable 90-80 victory against their rivals.

Bakers are hoping to take their momentum into the Upminster festival next weekend.

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