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No walk in the Park for beaten Barking

PUBLISHED: 10:56 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:49 11 August 2010

SCRUM ON DOWN . . . Barking’s Jack Gash gets his side moving on Saturday.                Photo: George Phillipou

SCRUM ON DOWN . . . Barking’s Jack Gash gets his side moving on Saturday. Photo: George Phillipou

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH Barking 5 Rosslyn Park 11 BARKING slipped to their third consecutive league defeat against Rosslyn Park at Goresbrook on Saturday, writes CHRIS RICHARDS. Victory for Park, their ninth of the campaign, sees them hold onto third place,

NATIONAL THREE SOUTH

Barking 5 Rosslyn Park 11

BARKING slipped to their third consecutive league defeat against Rosslyn Park at Goresbrook on Saturday, writes CHRIS RICHARDS.

Victory for Park, their ninth of the campaign, sees them hold onto third place, while Barking remain eighth after their sixth defeat.

Barking director of coaching, Mark Robinson, made two changes to the side that beat Cleve the previous weekend, with Sean Flannery and Paul Pickorth making way for James Reid and David Humphreys, who was named man of the match.

Both sides started the match in determined fashion, but it was the Barking who created the first opportunity.

Unfortunately for the Goresbrook outfit, Crosby sliced his ninth-minute penalty wide.

And then, to make things worse, Park punished Barking's profligacy through fly-half Rhys Gosling's penalty six minutes later.

But the home side battled back, and winger Chris Jones was brought down agonisingly short of the try-line, following a sweeping move.

Gosling then squandered the opportunity to put Park further in front with a 25th minute penalty, but it made little difference, as hooker Adam Blemings touched down just two minutes later.

Gosling failed to convert, but his side still went into the break with an 8-0 lead.

Barking emerged unchanged for the second-half and found themselves under pressure straight from the restart as Park took control of the game.

Gosling missed his second penalty after 49 minutes, but made amends with a successful kick four minutes later.

That made it 11-0 to Park, a useful but far from insurmountable lead.

And Barking reduced their arrears in spectacular style after 64 minutes.

Jones broke free in midfield and showed his pace, running fully 50 metres to score his second try in as many games.

Crosby missed the conversion, and although further chances fell to the home side, Park held on for a hard-fought victory.

Speaking after the match, Robinson admitted he was disappointed with the result.

"It is frustrating getting so close and no cigar," he said.

"The boys were very disappointed after the game, they knew it was there for the taking."

But despite the defeat, Robinson felt his players gave a good account of themselves.

"I thought they went really well," he said.

"They tried hard, they tried to maintain their structures and they played exactly the way we wanted them to play.

"Unfortunately they didn't get the bounce of the ball today."

Barking: Rudgeley, Kwilimbe, Reid, Pike, Jones, Crosby, Gash, Mullins, Bloomberg, Hunter, Lloyd-Jones, Newberry, Humphreys, Kellard, Robinson.

Replacements: E Ambrose, Annansingh, Hoadley, Quirke.

BARKING A were defeated 24-19 by Westcombe Park, while the thirds ran out 60-5 winners over Ravens and the fourths beat Ilford 9-0.


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