Barking tried “too hard” against Lydney

PUBLISHED: 21:52 02 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:57 02 May 2013

Barking director of rugby Nick Warren flanked by coaches Alex Dodge (left) and Eddie Ambrose (right)

Barking director of rugby Nick Warren flanked by coaches Alex Dodge (left) and Eddie Ambrose (right)


National Two South: Barking 14 Lydney 31

Barking director of rugby Nick Warren believed his struggling side were guilty of trying “too hard” to get that long overdue home win everybody had been craving.

Warren was keen to end their Gale Street campaign with a victory, but Lydney were also in desperate need of a win to keep their own National Two South survival hopes alive.

And the Gloucestershire outfit went home with all five points to leave the Goresbrook chief bitterly disappointed.

“It would have been nice to end the season at home with a win, but it was a very tough game and our game didn’t quite flow as it usually does,” said Warren.

“We were guilty of trying too hard and it was very disappointing. We came back into it in the second half and it was 24-14 at one stage and if we got the next score we may well have gone on to win it, but it wasn’t to be.”

Visitors Lydney got off to the perfect start as winger Alexander Hall broke through and went over in the corner, though Tony Wicks missed the conversion attempt.

And by the end of the half they were 12-0 ahead when Barking were deemed to have illegally halted a drive.Michael Anderson was sent to the sin bin for his part in the infringement, but Barking came out strong in the second period.

Jay Udo-Udoma’s try was converted by Ollie Forrest, though Jacob Field’s brace put Lydney back in the box seat.

Aaron Lowe got Barking back into contention once more and Forrest added the extras to raise home hopes of a comeback.

But Lydney were then awarded a second penalty try of the match, and their subsequent bonus point has given them a fighting chance of staying up.

“We were in the ascendancy at 24-14 and if we had got the next score we could have gone on to win the game, but it wasn’t to be,” claimed Warren.

“I felt the referee was too rash with the penalty tries — it is always disappointing to concede in that manner.”

Barking: Myers, Udo-Udoma, Hihetah, Ratford, Lowe, Forrest, Fouracre, John, McFarlane, Hughes, O’Toole, Gleave, Kearsey, Anderson, Peasnall. Replacements: Wade, Reece, Holman, Dodge, Cook.

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