Second half costs improving Barking
PUBLISHED: 16:36 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:11 02 July 2010
NATIONAL THREE S Cinderford 25 Barking 13 Once again, Barking returned pointless from their travels but this time, they showed plenty of promising signs. The Goresbrook side had even led at half-time against high-flying Cinderford, but eventyally ran out
NATIONAL THREE S
Cinderford 25 Barking 13
Once again, Barking returned pointless from their travels but this time, they showed plenty of promising signs.
The Goresbrook side had even led at half-time against high-flying Cinderford, but eventyally ran out of steam.
The line-up showed a few changes from the Clifton game with Sean Flannery replacing Scott Shaw, Joseph Cook in at scrum half for the unavailable Andy Eaton, Paul Pickworth starting for the injured Dan Collier and Paul Everitt returning at number eight, with Jackson Wray starting on the bench.
One other change saw Aaron Hopkins, on loan from London Welsh, replacing Ollie Marchon in the centre.
Hopkins came to Barking in September but was injured in his first game at North Walsham.
For once, it was Barking who took an early lead, when Harry Bryan slotted over a 30-yard penalty after only two minutes.
He had the chance to double that score with a long-range effort three minutes later, but put too much into getting the distance and not enough into direction, delivering what was a poor attempt by his high standards.
With only eight minutes on the clock, Barking were reduced to 14 men when skipper Rob Batho was yellow carded, but they shook Cinderford by scoring again.
A poor clearance from the home side went straight to Adam Bishop. He linked with Bryan who moved the ball on to Flannery as they took the attack into Cinderford territory.
Flannery drew the defender and slipped the ball back to Bishop who stretched away from the 22 for his sixth try of the season, Bryan adding a comfortable conversion for 10-0.
Cinderford finally put themselves on the scoreboard three minutes later with a simple penalty from Tristan Roberts.
Batho returned to the fray and Barking immediately won a penalty, easily converted by Bryan to give them a 13-3 lead.
That appeared to wake Cinderford up though and after some sustained pressure, Chris McNeil finished off a catch and drive, but Roberts' kick hit the post and bounced out.
Cinderford did not look like the team in second place in the league. Barking's backs were up flat and fast in defence and the home players were unsettled by several refereeing decisions, spending more time complaining than they did playing.
An injury to Fili Leota saw Wray come on, but the hosts took the lead five minutes into the second half.
Realising there was little space in the backs, they began to keep the ball in the forwards and McNeil collected his second catch and drive try, Roberts adding the conversion for a 15-13 lead.
From there on Cinderford dominated and it was a testament to Barking's defence that they were only able to add a Roberts penalty and a pushover try when Barking were again reduced to 14 men, this time with a yellow card for Dean Cadby.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Havant's win at Luton saw them drop to just one place above the relegation zone.
This Saturday, Barking entertain London Scottish in a game dedicated to the memory of former London Scottish player and ex-Barking coach Mike Lovett, who died last year, kick-off is at 2pm.