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PUBLISHED: 16:39 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:10 02 July 2010

TACKLED . . . Action from the Barking under-10s clash with Westcliff.

TACKLED . . . Action from the Barking under-10s clash with Westcliff.

Westcliff 4 Barking 0 Barking under-10s took the field with an unbelievably strong and icy wind in their faces. The visitors found it almost impossible to play on a pitch that was twice the normal size, where necessary, lofty passes were snatched by the

Westcliff 4 Barking 0

Barking under-10s took the field with an unbelievably strong and icy wind in their faces.

The visitors found it almost impossible to play on a pitch that was twice the normal size, where necessary, lofty passes were snatched by the wind.

Barking just couldn't get any momentum in the initial encounter.

There was a noticeable lack of handling and tackles, made even more difficult by the conditions.

The forwards were unable to make any significant ground and the team seemed to constantly fall foul of the referee's whistle.

Time and again, Westcliff seemed to come out of the rucks and mauls with the ball and they ran in tries at will to claim victory.

Westcliff 0 Barking 9

The second game was a totally different story as Barking swapped a number of players.

Playing a running team more suited to the size of the pitch, they had clearly learned their lessons from the first encounter.

This time, Barking made certain to keep passing tight in the wind and to recycle the ball more efficiently from the rucks and mauls.

The youngsters seemed to flourish in a more flowing game and fell foul of the referee much less than previously.

They showed quality running, passing and support play to put Westcliff under enormous pressure.

Playing most of the game in their half, even when Westcliff had the ball, Barking were strong in the tackle, ripping the ball clear on more than one occasion in a fantastic 8-0 victory.

Barking: Bastick, Coppin, Kilbey, Crust, Twyford, Chitty, Downes, Woodhouse, Bates, Dell, Moser.

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