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National Two South: Barking 10 Canterbury 43

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Barking’s director of rugby Nick Warren felt the margin of defeat against Canterbury at a rain-soaked Gale Street on Saturday was harsh on his side’s effort.

The match was one of only two in the division to get the go-ahead with the rain setting in across the country and Warren felt Barking’s play went unrewarded.

“It is disappointing we are losing these games,” said Warren.

“But the people who aren’t watching the games will see the scoreline and say there is no improvement — but in real terms there is a lot of improvement.

“Anyone would watch that game out there today and there is no way there was 33 points difference between the two sides.

“For a lot of the game it was an even contest so to come away with that score is really disappointing.”

A former Barking boy came back to haunt his old side with only eight minutes on the clock.

Tom Burns was the man who touched down for the first Canterbury try, after an Aidan Moss run had opened up a gap in the Barking line.

Full-back Martyn Beaumont added a second try for the visitors, but as the first half drew to a close Barking reduced the arrears when skipper Craig Ratford kicked a penalty to pull them back into the game at 12-3.

Francis Ambrose was put in the sin bin for 10 minutes, somewhat controversially, when a Canterbury player dropped his own man at a line-out and the Barking man was penalised.

And just before the break, the Kent side extended their lead when skipper Peter Kelly went over off the back of a scrum to give his men a 17-3 half-time advantage.

A floodlight failure soon after the restart delayed play for several minutes and Barking were slow off the mark upon the resumption.

Thomas Best capitalised to score a converted try and ensure the bonus point for Canterbury.

Winger Michael Melford then joined the party as with men over on another attack he jinked his way over after avoiding several attempted Barking tackles.

A quick-thinking Barking did get some reward for their endeavour when a quickly taken tap penalty resulted in David Kearsey scoring a try, which Ratford converted to make it 31-10.

But it proved to be little consolation as any slight hopes faded when Alexander Veale touched down in the corner and Beaumont capped a fine display as he ran the length of the pitch to seal an emphatic-looking victory for Canterbury.

Barking: Foster, Udo-Udoma, Baffour-Awuah, Ratford, Fouracre, Ambrose, McFarlane, S John, Fox, James-Nicholls, Kearsey, Bason-Street, MacDonald. Replacements: M Anderson, N John, R Anderson, Forrest, Solanke-Caulker.

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