December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 9, 2013
In a topsy-turvy encounter Barking lost out 34-29 at home to Hertford in their National Three London & South East opener at Gale Street on Saturday, but came away with two points thanks to Scott Shaw’s penalty with the last kick of the game.
Hertford raced into a 17-0 lead inside the opening 12 minutes with a brace from Adie Hales and one for Ben Creasey.
Barking had back row forward Joe Jones in the bin, but after a series of injures for the visitors and replacement Luke Sloan also sin binned, the hosts profited.
They scored three tries, of which two were converted by Craig Ratford, in the space of the final 13 minutes of the half to move into a 19-17 lead at the break.
Sean Jones scored the first after a forwards drive from a line-out before Nathan Barham scored the second following a good break from the backs.
And Barham doubled his tally for the afternoon with a fine third after a mazy run from his own 22 where he showed great pace and step to score under the posts.
Hertford started the second half like they did the first though and were awarded a penalty try when after the hosts infringed once too often to give the visitors the four try bonus point and a conversion from Ryan Martin put Hertford 24-19 in front.
Shaw put Barking firmly back in the contest to register their fourth try and their first bonus point following a good break by the backs after the forwards set it up from a line-out.
But Creasey put Hertford back on top of things after a period of pressure from the visitors as Byron Odell charged down a Barking clearance and Creasey pounced on a loose ball to put them in front once again.
Ratford was then sent to the sin bin for the final 10 minutes for a late tackle and Hertford made the man advantage count when Chris Joannou scored after a powerful charge from Torran Macdougal.
That put them 34-26 ahead but Barking kept going and registered a losing bonus point with the last kick of the game as Shaw slotted over a penalty.
Barking will be looking to pick up their first win of the season when Bury St Edmunds visit Gale Street on Saturday.