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Barking teach new boys an early lesson

PUBLISHED: 12:37 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 12:52 11 August 2010

NATIONAL TWO SOUTH Barking 42 Shelford 3 Barking gave new boys Shelford an introduction to the harsh realities of life in National Two South with this comprehensive victory on Saturday. A low-key start still saw Barking establish early superiority in th

NATIONAL TWO SOUTH

Barking 42

Shelford 3

Barking gave new boys Shelford an introduction to the harsh realities of life in National Two South with this comprehensive victory on Saturday.

A low-key start still saw Barking establish early superiority in the scrums, with loose head Eddie Ambrose giving his opposite number Nick Arnold a particularly torrid time.

It was Barking who eventually drew first blood with a Craig Ratford penalty on eight minutes after Nico Fraser had charged into the Shelford 22.

A second Ratford penalty followed 10 minutes later, after Tim Collier was stopped short of the line.

Barking claimed their first try on 25 minutes as they turned over possession on halfway.

The ball was quickly fed out across the backs to John Quirke, who crossed for a debut try in the corner, Ratford for once missing the target with the conversion.

On a rare visit to the Barking half, Shelford were awarded a penalty 35 yards out, which Ed Gough kicked to make the score 11-3.

Ratford notched his third penalty 10 minutes later and in stoppage time, Collier and James Ngan combined to give Vincent an unopposed passage over the line for Barking's second try, with Ratford's kick making it 21-3 at the interval.

Barking started the second half camped in Shelford territory and the pressure paid off after eight minutes.

Shelford failed to control the ball at a scrum and Ngan was on hand to accept the gift of a try, as Ratford once again added the points.

Shortly afterwards, Barking won a line-out inside the Shelford 22 and the forwards inched the maul 15 yards to the line.

New skipper Adam Kwasnicki claimed the touchdown, Ratford again adding the points as Barking claimed the four-try bonus point.

The final score of the game came with six minutes remaining, when Fraser collected the ball on halfway and beat the visiting defence all ends up to score under the posts, Ratford's conversion taking his personal tally to 17 points for the afternoon.

On this showing, Barking are likely to be a force to be reckoned with in the league this season, and director of rugby, Peter Mahoney, was delighted.

"It was a good, positive start to the season, but we still have lots to work on," he said.

"The next three games promise to be tougher encounters against experienced National League teams."

n BARKING'S fourth team enjoyed a fine 20-10 victory at Harlow over the weekend


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