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It’s Barking agony as Scottish nick it

PUBLISHED: 18:01 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

TRY : George Kruis.

TRY : George Kruis.

NATIONAL LEAGUE THREE SOUTH Barking 18 London Scottish 21 by CHRIS RICHARDS A LAST-GASP penalty saw London Scottish snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against a gallant Barking. Fly-half James Brown s kick deep into added time saw the league leaders o

NATIONAL LEAGUE THREE SOUTH

Barking 18

London Scottish 21

by CHRIS RICHARDS

A LAST-GASP penalty saw London Scottish snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against a gallant Barking.

Fly-half James Brown's kick deep into added time saw the league leaders overturn a 19-18 deficit and take one step closer to securing the National 3 South title.

Harsh

Defeat was harsh on Barking, who turned in one of their performances of the season.

Director of coaching, Alex Codling, made three changes to the side which narrowly lost at Rosslyn Park, with Nicholas Fraser, Luke Greatrex and Tim Collier coming in for Sam Wardingley, Craig Ratford and Anthony Andrews.

The Goresbrook club started promisingly' and full-back Alec Jenkins, taking on kicking duties in the absence of the injured Ratford, narrowly missed with a first-minute penalty.

Scottish, however, quickly got into their stride, recycling possession rapidly to allow hooker Ben Gotting to burrow over for the first try of the afternoon on four minutes.

Brown made a mess of the conversion, losing his footing on the wet turf, and it was not long before his error was soon punished.

Barking skipper James Kellard broke free after collecting the ball at a scrum, before feeding lock George Kruis, who went over under the posts, much to the delight of the vocal home crowd.

Jenkins added the extras to give the Essex side the lead, and it quickly became clear that this would be no procession for the champions-elect.

An 18th minute penalty from Brown saw the Exiles regain the lead, before Scottish's Simon Amor and Barking's Luke Hunter were sin-binned following an off-the-ball exchange.

Breakthrough

The home side continued to press and got the breakthrough they deserved when winger Nicholas Fraser used all his pace to break free and dart over in the corner.

Two more points from the boot of Jenkins followed, but there was still time left in a captivating first half for one more score.

It was hooker Adam Kwasnicki who duly obliged, barging over on the stroke of half-time to give Barking a useful 19-8 advantage.

Unbeaten Scottish started the second period in determined fashion and trimmed the gap through an early Brown penalty goal.

The arrival of a lone bagpiper seemed to galvanise the visitors and big No.8 Mark Soden crashed over for his side's second try of a bitterly cold afternoon.

Brown landed the conversion to put his side within one point of Barking and the remainder of the half became a cat and mouse affair, played out in incredible tension.

Harsh

There were no further scores during the regulation 80 and Codling's men looked set to hold on for a famous win.

After a missed drop-goal attempt, the referee, who turned in an indifferent performance, awarded a simple penalty to Scottish, which Brown notched confidently to complete a remarkable turnaround for his side.

Speaking after the match, Codling said he was "absolutely gutted" to lose.

"I thought the boys were fantastic," he said.

"I am really disappointed for them because they put a huge amount into the game."

Barking: Shaw, Jones, Jenkins, Flannery, Fraser, Greatrex, Gash, Rate, Kwasnicki, Hunter, Collier, Lloyd-Jones, Kruis, Etheredge, Kellard.

Replacements: Bloomberg, Am-brose, Anthony Andrews, Newberry, Rudgeley.


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