Marcus salvages a point for Barking!
PUBLISHED: 16:48 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010
NATIONAL THREE SOUTH Bridgwater & Albion 22 Barking 15 A LAST-GASP converted try from Marcus Bloomberg salvaged a losing bonus point for Barking at Bridgwater on Saturday, writes CHRIS RICHARDS. The west country side ran home three tries to secure their
NATIONAL THREE SOUTH
Bridgwater & Albion 22
A LAST-GASP converted try from Marcus Bloomberg salvaged a losing bonus point for Barking at Bridgwater on Saturday, writes CHRIS RICHARDS.
The west country side ran home three tries to secure their seventh win of the campaign, a result that sees them leapfrog Barking into ninth place.
Director of Coaching Alex Codling made three changes to the XV that de-railed Ealing's title challenge the previous weekend, with Nicholas Fraser, Steve Pike and Rob Batho coming in for Sean Morris, Greg Evans and Richard Martin-Redman.
On a freezing Somerset afternoon, it was the visitors who had the first opportunity to score, but stand-off Craig Ratford's 40-metre penalty fell just short.
However, it was the hosts who racked up the first points of the game when prop Alec Chase powered over from close range on 22 minutes.
Fly-half Luke Cozens added the extras, before narrowly missing a drop goal attempt to put his side further in front.
The College Way outfit eventually extended their lead after 32 minutes, when captain Ben Purcell dived over.
After a brief delay, caused when Barking lock Daniel Lloyd-Jones was stretchered off after suffering an injury in the build-up to the try, Cozens stepped up but skewed his conversion wide.
Codling made a single change at the interval, replacing prop Eddie Ambrose with fit-again Welshman Luke Hunter.
Yet Bridgwater exploded out of the blocks and stretched their lead on 42 minutes when the effervescent Cozens darted over for his third try of the season.
Cozens picked himself up to convert his score and give his side a healthy 19-point cushion.
But Barking refused to give up and scored their first points of the afternoon through Ratford's 51st minute penalty.
Twelve minutes later, Hunter barged over for his first try of the season to keep the Goresbrook side in the hunt.
But then just three minutes from time, full-back David Hallaran hit the Essex side with a sucker punch, confidently landing a drop goal to secure victory.
There was time for one last hurrah however, and hooker Bloomberg, who had endured a torrid afternoon in the scrum and line-out, smashed over under the posts to earn his side a losing bonus point which could prove vital in the final reckoning.
Barking are next in action against bottom-of-the table Havant at Goresbrook on Saturday.
Barking: Shaw, Jones, Jenkins, Pike, Fraser, Ratford, Gash, Rate, Bloomberg, E Ambrose, Lloyd-Jones, Kruis, Batho, Kellard, Andrews.
Replacements: F Ambrose, Newberry, Hunter, Morris, Greatrex.
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