Decision to rest proves costly
PUBLISHED: 16:42 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 August 2010
ESSEX SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL ETON MANOR 34 BARKING 8 ETON MANOR took advantage of Barking s decision to rest their entire first team squad ahead of their league game against Clifton this Saturday by causing an Essex Cup shock. It didn t help Barking s caus
ESSEX SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL
ETON MANOR 34 BARKING 8
ETON MANOR took advantage of Barking's decision to rest their entire first team squad ahead of their league game against Clifton this Saturday by causing an Essex Cup shock.
It didn't help Barking's cause either that flanker Steve Bowyer was sent off after 23 minutes for taking the law into his own hands and throwing a punch after a stamping incident, leaving them to play with 14 men for three quarters of the game.
Nonetheless, it was Manor who recorded a fine victory and sealed a place in the final against Southend on April 5 at Nutter Lane, Wanstead.
On a bitterly cold and windy afternoon Manor opted to play with the wind at their backs in the first half and took the lead with a sixth minute try, set up by former Barking second row Macer Twydell and finished off by Stefan De Jongh, converted by Reece Reed for a 7-0 lead.
The visitors pulled back three points 10 minutes later with a penalty from Luke Greatrex.
Then came the sending off and Reed converted the subsequent penalty but in between snow and hail showers, the young Barking side were still lively and would have settled for a 10-3 deficit at the break.
However, in the seventh minute of injury time Manor grabbed a second try as winger Pete Robinson showed the Barking defence a clean pair of heels and Reed converted again to stretch Manor's lead to 17-3.
Even then there was still the opportunity for Barking to rescue the tie as the referee played 13 minutes of injury time, though Greatrex's attempted penalty, after a high tackle on Ian Rudgeley, drifted wide of the posts.
The second half, though, turned into a disaster for Barking. After just one minute Twydell broke through to set up a try for Manor's full-back James Willcocks, although Reed was off target with the kick.
Three minutes later Barking were down to 13 men after a yellow card for Pawel Denisiuk and their task had become mountainous.
Another Manor try after 18 minutes, scored by Steve Brockman and converted by Reed, took the lead to 29-3 but on 25 minutes Manor were down to 14 men having also received a yellow card for a late tackle on Sean Flannery.
Francis Ambrode came on as a replacement hooker and almost immediately made his presence felt with a storming run through the middle to set up a try for Joe Jones, but this late flurry came to nothing.
In the 10th minute of injury time Manor hooker Richie Moller brushed aside three tired Barking tackles to score in the corner and give Manor a deserved win.