It's a Shaw fire thing as Freddie leads from front
PUBLISHED: 15:56 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:08 02 July 2010
Barking 1 Colchester 0 Barking 6 Braintree 0 BARKING under-nines showed the massive improvements they have made with two victories at Braintree in a triangular match involving themselves, Braintree and Colchester. The youngsters began against Colchester i
Barking 1 Colchester 0
Barking 6 Braintree 0
BARKING under-nines showed the massive improvements they have made with two victories at Braintree in a triangular match involving themselves, Braintree and Colchester.
The youngsters began against Colchester in what were very wet and muddy conditions, but they relished the task as they took the opposition by storm with some slick and effective recycling of the ball.
Some great play by the forward line of Regan Mason, James Garwood and Dan Wren saw the ball continually kept alive for the backline to repeatedly smash Colchester's line.
However, some over-enthusiasm meant the boys held on to the ball a little too long and scores went begging by the hatful as Colchester made every tackle to deny Barking.
The second half saw much the same as again Barking rumbled up field and rucked and mauled with great skill.
But Colchester's last-ditch defending and never-say-die attitude stood firm, until centre Liam Green crashed over for the only score of the match.
The second encounter saw a rather unusual sight for Barking as the Braintree side contained several giants in the pack.
It is rare for the B's front three to be outweighed but this didn't effect the team as they showed from the off that they were happy to absorb anything Braintree would throw at them.
The opening encounters were fairly evenly matched with Braintree's large runners possibly just edging it.
That was until one-man tackling machine Freddie Shaw got to grips with the game.
In only his second match of the season, Shaw made the impact that won the game for Barking as he virtually single-handedly demolished the attacking ability of Braintree.
That allowed the backs to turn on the style as Mitch Surety scored a hat-trick of tries, while Liam Green went over twice before Regan Mason also touched down to complete an emphatic and richly-deserved win.
All the players involved turned in some top performances, but Shaw stole the show with some of the hardest, fairest tackling seen all day along with several barnstorming runs in midfield.
Barking: Garwood, Wren, Mason, Surety, Duke, Green, Shaw, Davis, Hogg, Griffiths, Harmon.