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Barking miss out in a Ding-dong clash!

PUBLISHED: 16:53 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

THROUGH THE GAP . . . Harry Owens darts in to score for Barking on Saturday.

THROUGH THE GAP . . . Harry Owens darts in to score for Barking on Saturday.

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH Barking 18 Dings Crusaders 21 BARKING once again waved goodbye to valuable points as they went down by just three points at home to Bristol-based Dings Crusaders. After a tight opening period they gifted their opponents two tries and

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH

Barking 18

Dings Crusaders 21

BARKING once again waved goodbye to valuable points as they went down by just three points at home to Bristol-based Dings Crusaders.

After a tight opening period they gifted their opponents two tries and despite a huge late rally they were unable to claw back the scores they needed, and had to settle for just a losing bonus point.

Barking slipped back into bad habits early on, conceding a penalty after just 35 seconds, allowing Elliott Read a simple 30-yard penalty to put the visitors 3-0 ahead.

Immediately

Barking struck back almost immediately as Andy Eaton charged into the Dings 22 from a quickly-taken free-kick.

Unfortunately he took his own team by surprise as well and with support slow to arrive, the ball ended up in touch. From the line-out, Dean Cadbu and then Aaron Hopkins took the ball into rucks before Harry Owens ghosted over for his third try of the season.

Harry Bryan's conversion drifted wide in the strong wind but Barking were 5-3 ahead.

Dings responded with a missed penalty from Read, who was then only stopped from scoring by a superb tackle from Paul Everitt. The away side kept the pressure on and went back in front on 20 minutes with a drop goal from Read.

Five minutes later Read again powered his way through, and almost to the line, before being robbed of the ball by Basil Api, who cleared to touch.

Although from the line-out Dings worked a simple try for Sylvan Edwards to take the score to 11-6.

Barking hit back and took play into the visitors' half, but a loose pass was intercepted by Dings No 8 Mike Panoho, who ran in from 60 yards for his team's second try in three minutes.

Ten minutes later, lightning almost struck twice as Panoho took an interception in an almost identical spot, but was called back by the referee and penalised for offside.

In first half injury time Owens had a drop goal attempt charged down, but Barking regained possession and won a penalty, slotted over by Bryan to make the half-time score 8-16.

Playing with the advantage of the elements in the second half Barking were quickly into the attack and after six minutes Api was barged out of the way as he went for a high kick. Bryan converted the penalty to make it 11-16.

They were again unable to score in the first 20 minutes and Dings came back into the game, producing a few scares before stretching their lead, but Barking had only themselves to blame for their downfall.

At a Barking line-out in their own 22 they opted to throw long, the ball missing the jumpers and falling neatly into the arms of Panoho who only had a few yards to cover for his second try of the afternoon.

This roused Barking to greater efforts and five minutes later Laurie Osunsami was bundled into touch just short of the Dings line.

Dings fumbled the line-out ball and Barking regained possession, swinging it out to Adam Bishop on the opposite wing.

He twisted and turned to find a way through, but when he was stopped short of the line, replacement Tom Alexander was in support to score his first try for the club.

Bryan added the conversion from the touchline to make the score 18-21.

Into injury time Bryan and Bishop combined to get to five yards short of the line and gain a penalty.

With the referee having said the next stoppage would be the last Barking opted to run the penalty, driving hard at the Dings line, but all they gained was another penalty.

This time the ball sped across the field to Osunsami who was driven over the line by almost the whole team, but the referee ruled that he had failed to ground the ball and blew for the end of the game.

The points for a win would have been useful as Barking's nearest rivals, North Walsham and Havant also lost, both gaining losing bonus points.

n This weekend Barking travel to Rosslyn Park, seeking a season's double having beaten the Surrey side 12-10 at Goresbrook earlier in the season.

With only four games left wins are vital, especially with Barking's final two games away to third-placed Canterbury and at home to leaders and champions-elect, Mounts Bay.

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