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Dings start to look good for Barking!

PUBLISHED: 12:03 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 11 August 2010

GETTING HIS KICKS: Barking’s Craig Ratford.

GETTING HIS KICKS: Barking’s Craig Ratford.

NATIONAL TWO SOUTH Dings Crusaders 9 Barking 18 BARKING continued their superb start to the season with victory at Dings Crusaders on Saturday.

NATIONAL TWO SOUTH

Dings Crusaders 9 Barking 18

BARKING continued their superb start to the season with victory at Dings Crusaders on Saturday.

Before the match, both Alex Codling's men and their opponents had unbeaten records, and sat in the top two places of the division.

One thing had to give, and eventually it was the home side who lost out, while Barking made it three wins from three.

Excellent

The star for Codling's men was Craig Ratford, who kicked all 18 points, and maintained an excellent record from the boot for the Goresbrook side.

Barking only needed six minutes to break the deadlock, as Ratford slotted a penalty over the posts.

That was cancelled out a minute later by Dings stand-off Adam Westall, who also added a second penalty on 14 minutes.

Ratford replied on 17 minutes with another kick of his own to level the scores at 6-6.

Dings' cause was not helped when scrum-half Ricky Jones was sin-binned on 20 minutes, with Ratford landing the resultant penalty to put the visitors back in front.

Barking pressure eventually produced a penalty for Ratford to extend their lead two minute before the break, which allowed his side to go into half time, 12-6 in front.

A flowing move from their own 22 saw Dings full-back Orlando Stott bearing down on the line.

Caught

Thankfully for Barking, he was just caught by a last-ditch tackle from winger David Vincent.

Dings reduced the arrears to 12-9 through a Westall penalty, the fly-half making amends for having missed another from a similar range earlier.

But witht the result hanging in the balance, it was Barking who took the spoils with Ratford to the fore once more.

First, he kicked another penalty, and then sealed victory with a las-minute drop goal.

Barking will be looking to extend their 100 per cent start to the season when they host Ealing on Saturday.


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