Mixed weekend for Barking Abbey teams
PUBLISHED: 08:00 17 January 2017
Men record big win, but women slump to defeat
Barking Abbey had mixed results at the weekend as their Division Four men recorded a big win, but their Division One women suffered defeat.
The men’s team opened the New Year with a dominant 65-36 win over Folkestone Saints on Saturday and victory avenged an earlier three-point loss at the start of the season.
Abbey really got going in the second period, led by Jubrile Belo’s dominant play on the inside, while Pierce Maslen started connecting from beyond the arc as the home side outscored Folkestone 23-6 to pull away.
A 12-0 run to begin the second half saw Saints give Abbey a little scare, but a timeout from head coach James Vear regrouped the players as they were able to ride out the win.
“It was a good start to the second half of the season for us,” said Vear.
“It was nice to beat a team that best us very early in the season. We weren’t very consistent on both ends, but that is probably due to us not playing a Division Four game for a while.”
The win improved Abbey to 7-4 in fourth place in the South East table and they return to action next week at Cambridge Cats (6.30pm).
Meanwhile, the women were let down by a poor second quarter as they fell to a 57-38 loss against Southwark Pride on Sunday.
Despite a strong start where they led 13-9 after the opening period, Abbey were outscored 22-4 in the second period as Southwark capitalised on injuries to Wura Ijelu and Megan Sheret to take a stranglehold on the game.
Naomi McKenzie led Abbey’s scoring with eight points, while Chloe Gayner added seven and Taneka Rubin had six.
Head coach Karen Burton said: “Despite the loss, I was generally pleased with the performance.
“The players have started the second half of the season with a different attitude and this shows in the the starts to both of our games so far.
“Losing Wura for the second quarter was a big loss as she has had a consistent season so far.
“For three quarters we were evenly matched and at times looked like we would take control of the game. To have the other coach take the time after the game to say how the team have progressed from start to now is great.”
Abbey dropped to 6-5 with the loss and return to action on January 28 at Team Solent Kestrels.
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