National One: Cinderford 10 Barking 14
PUBLISHED: 11:55 02 May 2011
Geoff Hichens 2010
Win sets up crunch game with London Scottish on Saturday.
Cinderford gave title-contenders Barking a run for their money with a tight win for the Goresbrook outfit.
The hosts made a positive start to the match, but a knock-on enabled Alex Codling’s side to clear the early danger.
Barking’s first real foray into their opponents half brought its reward when full-back Adam Armstrong put over a straight forward penalty to give his side a 3-0 advantage after 18 minutes play.
After 24 minutes Cinderford received the first of their three yellow cards in the match, something that made their efforts even more remarkable, when hooker Sam Wilkes was sin-binned for hands in the ruck.
14-man Cinderford surged forward though and Danny Trigg was able to level the scores at 3-3 when he landed a 35 metre penalty.
A second yellow card for second-row Mark Rimmer then temporarily reduced the home side to 13 men, but Barking were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage and the score remained 3-3 at half-time.
Cinderford made a cracking start to the second-half and following a storming run from No.8 George Evans the ball was quickly recycled and outside-half Dave Knight dummied his way over for a well taken try which Trigg converted.
Barking responded when they took the ball to the blindside from a ruck on the 22m line and replacement No.8 James Kellard went over for a try wide out, which went unconverted.
A third yellow card followed for Cinderford prop Paul Price and Armstrong was able to put his side in front with the subsequent penalty.
It was end to end in the final quarter but deep in injury time Armstrong was on target with his third penalty to hand a somewhat relieved Barking side victory.
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