Search

Ratford’s late show seals Barking glory

PUBLISHED: 17:07 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 09:05 11 August 2010

BOOT-IFUL: Craig Ratford kicked Barking to another victory at the weekend.

BOOT-IFUL: Craig Ratford kicked Barking to another victory at the weekend.

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.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Barking and Dagenham Post