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Barking face nervy times

PUBLISHED: 11:15 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH Canterbury 36 Barking 19 BARKING S desperate fight against a second successive relegation will go to the wire after they let a 14-5 lead become a 36-19 defeat at Canterbury on Saturday. After winning the toss, Barking opted to use the

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH

Canterbury 36 Barking 19

BARKING'S desperate fight against a second successive relegation will go to the wire after they let a 14-5 lead become a 36-19 defeat at Canterbury on Saturday.

After winning the toss, Barking opted to use the wind and took the lead, although a penalty try, in which Paul Everitt was yellow-carded, soon cancelled that out.

Despite being down to 14 men, it was Barking who scored next as Adam Bishop raced in, with Harry Owens adding the conversion to make it 14-5.

Andy Eaton unleashed a storming break on the blindside of a scrum and Barking gained a penalty for an off-the-ball offence.

The Goresbrook side missed a great chance to extend their lead as the hosts saw Andy Bernthal sin-binned, but Canterbury powered forward as Gert De Kock went over and Kieron Lewitt made it 14-12.

A two-point lead was never going to be enough as the hosts turned round with the wind and slope and so it proved.

De Kock added three more tries (two converted) in the first 17 minutes as Barking couldn't get out of their own half.

When Blair Morris was then yellow-carded, the visitors did get on the scoresheet through Bishop's ninth try of the season, and although Owens missed the kick, Barking needed one more try for two vital bonus points.

They threw everyting at the Canterbury defence, but although Bishop touched down again, he had put a foot in touch prior to crossing the line.

In injury time Canterbury scored their sixth try to ensure they moved up to fourth in the table.

Although fellow relegation-strugglers North Walsham lost at Ealing, Clifton saw off Bridgwater & Albion 26-0, claiming a four-try bonus in the process.

That moves Clifton just one point behind Barking with one game remaining.

This Saturday, Barking entertain league champions Mounts Bay at 3pm, while Clifton travel to Havant, themselves still not mathematically safe from relegation.

A day of high drama should ensue, but Mark Robinson's men know that if they can pull off only their eighth victory of the season, then they will not have to rely on any other results going their way.

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