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PUBLISHED: 16:08 03 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:05 11 August 2010

GOING OVER: Barking's Chris Jones scores a try

GOING OVER: Barking's Chris Jones scores a try

BARKING coach Alex Codling hailed Saturday s mammoth victory as a significant step in the club's quest to be National League Two South champions this season, writes Iain Liddle.

BARKING coach Alex Codling hailed Saturday's mammoth victory as a significant step in the club's quest to be National League Two South champions this season.

The table-toppers from Goresbrook were favourites going into the game, but had been warned against underestimating a side who convincingly beat Richmond a couple of weeks ago.

Barking were keen to eradicate the memory of their previous league game at Clifton, where a last-minute try ruined their unbeaten record, and their players were a dominant force from the opening whistle.

The home side raced into an imposing lead at the break and showed no compassion after it by racking up several more tries, completing their most dominant win of the season and achieving their third shut-out.

"I'm very pleased," said Codling.

"We set our stall out early to kick the ball and apply pressure to them. We did that from the first whistle to the last so I'm happy.

"The players deserve a lot of credit as they played some great stuff and scored some fantastic tries. It was a big step forward for us."

Barking ran in an astonishing 10 tries on the day with full-back Chris Jones notching an impressive four on his own.

Jack Gash, Sean Flannery, David Vincent and James Kellard were also amongst the try-scorers and it was the ruthless nature of the performance which pleased Codling the most.

"To score 10 tries is a great reward," he said.

"We were comfortably ahead at half-time but the pleasing thing is we didn't stop there and kept going.

"It was something we talked about at half-time to score more points and stop them scoring. Sometimes when you're that far ahead it is easy to take your foot off a little bit but we didn't.

"To stop anyone scoring a try at this level is excellent but they went to Richmond and won so they're a quality side."

Barking were due to play Mounts Bay this weekend but are now without a fixture after their opponents pulled out of the league.

Codling's men are now six points clear at the top of the division with just seven games left in the season.

Their next game is at home to Richmond on Saturday, December 12 and it is hoped that man-mountain lock Tim Collier will have shaken off a serious finger injury to return for the fixture.

Barking were also in action on Monday evening when they filmed the 'School of Hard Knocks' segment for the Rugby Club programme on Sky Sports, where they took on a team of under-privileged children, coached by former international stars Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell.

No definite air date has been set for the segment, but they could air on tomorrow (Thursday's) show.

Barking seconds are also in action tonight (Wednesday) when they will take on Southend's seconds.

"It's a good opportunity for people to put themselves in contention for the Richmond game," said Codling.


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