Ratford’s late show seals Barking glory
PUBLISHED: 17:07 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:05 11 August 2010
TWO LATE drop goals by Craig Ratford sealed Barking s eighth home win out of eight against Richmond on Saturday.
NATIONAL TWO SOUTH
Barking 24 Richmond 19
TWO LATE drop goals by Craig Ratford sealed Barking's eighth home win out of eight against Richmond on Saturday.
The National Two South side have beaten all and sundry at Goresbrook this season, but although Richmond have been at the wrong end of the table this season, they gave Barking their toughest test.
It was Ratford who got the scoring underway for the afternoon, converting a penalty, but Matt Hart levelled with a kick of his own, making the scores 3-3.
Unlike previous matches, Barking were unable to gain any further scores, despite their clear scrum domination, as Richmond retained the ball effectively.
The visitors took the lead on 17 minutes, as Hart slotted over another penalty. This livened Barking up, as Stuart Riding bounced off a number of tackles to reach the 22, but they couldn't break through a dogged back-line.
After half an hour, the hosts were back on level terms though, as a huge shove from the scrum brought an inevitable penalty, that Ratford converted.
With the scores 6-6 at the break, the visitors came out fired up for the second half and tried to take the game to Barking.
Hart made no mistake with another penalty, but the hosts finally touched down as Jack Gash seized the ball and scampered home from 30 metres to make it 13-9.
Any hopes that Alex Codling's men had of running away with the game were dented though, as Toby Henry found Jono Farmer and he went over, with Hart adding the extras for 16-13.
Both sides had penalty opportunities, but it was Barking who restored their lead as John Quirk took advantage of a kind bounce to dot down.
Richmond were showing a great deal more fight than any previous visitors to Goresbrook and a penalty from Hart saw them snatch the lead at 19-18.
It now came down to a kicking battle though, and Barking showed their mettle as Ratford kept his nerve with two drop goals to ensure his side remained on top of the table.
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