Win boosts Bakers ahead of Six Nations break

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 February 2016

Action from May & Bakers London Three North East clash with local rivals Wanstead (pic: Richard Williams).

Action from May & Bakers London Three North East clash with local rivals Wanstead (pic: Richard Williams).


Barham’s Barking boys are beaten at Gale Street

May & Baker head into a weekend break in positive mood after achieving what could turn out to be a vital victory last Saturday.

Most teams in London Three North East are without a fixture this weekend, although Lowestoft & Yarmouth do host Stowmarket.

But Joe Jones and his team can put their feet up knowing their chances of avoiding relegation have been boosted.

They entertained local rivals Wanstead on Saturday in a crucial clash between ninth and eighth.

Bakers were four points behind their old foes going into the contest, but triumphed 18-12 to close the gap between the sides.

Lewis Pruce and Andy Yarrow crossed over for tries while Tony Bly kicked one conversion and two penalties.

Jones’ men are now on 23 points for the campaign, one behind Wanstead, but more importantly seven ahead of Upminster, who are in the bottom two.

It gives Bakers a nice bit of breathing space ahead of another key fixture when they return to action on February 13. Last season’s Essex One champions make the trip to local rivals Upminster knowing another win would boost their survival hopes.

Barking have the weekend off in London One North and will seek more consistency when they return on February 13.

Nathan Barham scored a stunning try, but his side suffered a third consecutive loss on Saturday at home to North Walsham.

The Vikings visited Gale Street without a win since December 12, but led 19-0 at the break on the way to a 22-13 success.

It was a disappointing day for the hosts, despite John Pearce also going over and Ben Lloyd kicking a penalty.

Barking began 2016 with a victory against Old Priorians, but have had the losing habit since.

And when they return to action on Saturday week, they travel to local rivals Chingford, who are just five points behind them in the table.

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