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Havant got a clue as Barking triumph

PUBLISHED: 16:50 18 March 2009 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 August 2010

ON THE SCORESHEET: Barking’s Scott Shaw.

ON THE SCORESHEET: Barking’s Scott Shaw.

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH Barking 52 Havant 14 by CHRIS RICHARDS A DOMINANT Barking plundered eight tries as they hammered hapless Havant in their penultimate home game of the season. Director of coaching Alex Codling made just two changes to the side which de

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH

Barking 52

Havant 14

by CHRIS RICHARDS

A DOMINANT Barking plundered eight tries as they hammered hapless Havant in their penultimate home game of the season.

Director of coaching Alex Codling made just two changes to the side which defeated Rugby Lions, Seb Rate and Tim Collier coming in for Edward Ambrose and James Kellard.

The East Enders showed positive intent from the start and were first on the scoreboard thanks to winger Chris Jones' second minute touchdown.

Stand-off Craig Ratford pulled his tricky conversion attempt wide, before hooker Adam Kwasnicki's try extended their lead.

Yet Havant hit back almost immediately when scrum-half Liam Davenport went over.

Full back Chris Jackson added the extras for the league's basement club to trim the gap to just three points.

But Barking quickly regained the ascendancy through nippy winger Scott Shaw's try, Ratford obliging with the conversion.

Scrum-half Jack Gash's opportunistic converted try put the Essex side further in front, before Havant conceded a penalty try on the stroke of half time to guarantee the hosts a four-try bonus point.

Despite a significant 31-7 half-time advantage, Barking refused to rest on their laurels and stretched the gap courtesy of Sean Flannery's 47th minute try.

Ratford drilled the ball between the uprights before George Kruis crashed over for try number seven of the afternoon.

Against the run of play, Havant reduced their arrears through Liam Perkins' consolation try.

But the afternoon belonged to Barking and they had the last word when England Students' back Sean Morris stormed over on 63 minutes.

Ratford bisected the posts to round off an excellent afternoon's work for the Essex side, who are still unbeaten at home in 2009.

Speaking after the match, Codling said he was pleased with his team's performance.

"We scored some outstanding tries," said the coach, as Alec Jenkins was named man of the match.

"It is difficult sometimes when you play against a team fighting for their lives, but I thought on the whole it was incredibly positive and a real team performance."

Barking: Jenkins, Jones (Morris 50), Wardingley, Flannery, Shaw, Ratford, Gash (Greatrex, 40), Rate, Kwasnicki (Bloomberg 54), Hunter (E Ambrose 58), Collier (Newberry 47), Lloyd-Jones, Kruis, Etheredge, Andrews.


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