Robinson satisfied despite Trophy exit
PUBLISHED: 10:26 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:55 11 August 2010
EDF NATIONAL TROPHY Mounts Bay 24 Barking 7 A STIRRING second-half fightback proved insufficient as Barking crashed out of the EDF Energy National Trophy at Mounts Bay on Saturday, writes CHRIS RICHARDS. The Goresbrook side made seven changes from the te
EDF NATIONAL TROPHY
Mounts Bay 24
A STIRRING second-half fightback proved insufficient as Barking crashed out of the EDF Energy National Trophy at Mounts Bay on Saturday, writes CHRIS RICHARDS.
The Goresbrook side made seven changes from the team that was hammered 80-14 by London Scottish the previous weekend, with Stephen Pike, Michael McDarby, Joseph Cook, Nick Cooper-Hicks, Francis Ambrose, Jonathan Annansingh and John Robinson all forcing their way into the starting 15.
Mark Robinson's men started positively and took the game to their National League Two opponents from the first whistle.
But after four minutes, Barking lost the ball in midfield, allowing Bay flanker Brett Stroud to touch down after a kick and chase into the corner.
Fly-half Dan Hawkes added the conversion to give his side an early seven point lead.
The try galvanised the home side, who started to enjoy significant possession and territory.
Barking suffered a blow on 24 minutes, when centre Pike saw yellow for an alleged tackle from the side.
And the Penzance side took full advantage of their numerical advantage, full back Michael Malloy crashing over seven minutes later.
Hawkes converted to give the Mennaye Field outfit a 14-point cushion, but there was still time for one more score before the break.
Former Cornish Pirates lock Ben Hilton dived over after 34 minutes and, although Hawkes missed his subsequent kick, Bay headed into the interval with a comfortable 19-0 lead.
Barking made a single change at half-time, Ian Rudgeley replacing the injured Oliver Crosby.
And the East Enders emerged for the second period determined to take the fight to their rivals.
Barking started to enjoy significant possession and territory, and scored the try of the match after 60 minutes.
Winger Scott Shaw collected the ball in midfield before running nearly half the length of the pitch to touch down under the posts.
Chris Jones, filling in for Crosby at fly-half, added the conversion to put the Essex side back into the match.
But Bay remained a threat on the counter-attack and replacement Duke Seymour's try against the run of play in the 80th minute sealed victory and a place in round four for the Cornishmen.
Despite the defeat, coach Robinson declared himself more than happy with the performance of his players, especially man of the match Annansingh.
"We set out a game plan and for the most part we stuck to it," he said.
"We made a couple of simple errors and when you are playing against a National Two side, you concede points."
"I think overall it was a great display of what is coming up in Barking rugby.
"We had 10 guys out there under the age of 20 and I think our two best players on the day (Shaw and Annansingh) were both 18-years-old, so it just shows that we are going down the right track."
Barking are next in action at Goresbrook this weekend, when they host Canterbury in National Three South action.
Barking: Jones, Shaw, Flannery, Pike, McDarby, Crosby, Cook, Mullins, Bloomberg, Hunter, Newberry, Cooper-Hicks, F Ambrose, Annansingh, Robinson
Replacements: McCardle, Hoadley, Rate, Scott, Greatrex,Rudgeley.
n Barking thirds earned a 35-12 victory at Thurrock on Saturday.
Kieran Myers scored two tries, Danny O'Flynn, Chris Steadman and Scott Knowles all went over, while Steadman also kicked two conversions and two penalties.
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