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National Two South: Worthing 61 Barking 0

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Barking backs coach Alex Dodge believed his side’s poor start meant they were always facing an uphill struggle against National Two South leaders Worthing at the weekend.

There may well have been one sporting shock in Sussex at the weekend, with Brighton beating Newcastle 2-0 in the third round of football’s FA Cup.

But there was nothing of the kind at Worthing as Nick Warren’s side went down by another heavy margin.

The Goresbrook outfit conceded four tries in the opening 23 minutes to put them on the back foot.

Plugging away

But Dodge was pleased Barking kept plugging away until the bitter end.

He said: “It was a very disappointing day for us. We never really got going.

“We were on the back foot from the beginning and we never recovered. It’s a shame because we felt we could have put in a performance.

“It wasn’t to be. I am proud of the players for not giving up in the second half. They kept going and I can’t ask for more than that.

“We will get back on the training pitch and work on the mistakes, particularly around the fringes, where we were second to everything.

“They were always just that little bit quicker and I think that was the difference.”

To make matters worse, Barking winger Akin Solanke-Caulker was sent off in the last minute of the match for a supposed kick on a Worthing player while he was laying on the turf.

But Dodge believes it was a heat-of-the-moment reaction from the player.

“It was a moment of frustration from Akin at the end there, he’s not that type of player,” said Dodge. “It’s a shame because we could do without the suspension.”

The Raiders enjoyed a fine start to the match with a first-half hat-trick for Jordan Burns alongside one each for captain Matt Miles and No.8 Peter Cleveland.

And the second period followed a similar pattern with Finlay Coxon-Smith crossing Barking’s line inside the first minute.

Jack Maslen was the next to score as he jinked his way over and after another spell of pressure Christopher Sewell joined in on the try-scoring act and Harry Sloan added another try to round off the convincing win.

Solanke-Caulker is the second Barking player to receive his marching orders this season after prop Samuel John saw red for a headbutt against Launceston in November.

Barking: Foster, Hihetah, Shaw, Mead, Baffour-Awuah, Ratford, Fouracre, S John, McFarlane, N John, Fox, James-Nicholls, Kearsey, Anderson, McDonald. Replacements: Anderson, Udo-Udoma, Bason-Street, Hughes, Caulker.

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