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Title beckons for Barking

PUBLISHED: 13:17 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 21:45 02 July 2010

GOING OVER: James Ngan touches down for Barking.

GOING OVER: James Ngan touches down for Barking.

JET-HEELED winger Dave Vincent took the plaudits at Barnes on Saturday as he ran in two Barking tries after re-arranging his holiday plans to play in the game, WRITES IAIN LIDDLE. After the drama of last week s nail-biting, final-minute win at promotion r

JET-HEELED winger Dave Vincent took the plaudits at Barnes on Saturday as he ran in two Barking tries after re-arranging his holiday plans to play in the game, WRITES IAIN LIDDLE.

After the drama of last week's nail-biting, final-minute win at promotion rivals Ealing, head coach Alex Codling's men visited the National Two South strugglers with many observers predicting a straightforward victory.

True to form, the Gale Lane club set about their task in a professional manner, securing the bonus point awarded for scoring four tries within the first 25 minutes.

With the Goresbrook side seemingly on course for a record-breaking day, Barnes threatened to mount a comeback by crossing the line twice before half time, but three further scores after the break cemented the visitors' victory and their place at the summit of the division.

"It was very positive," said Codling.

"We were 26-3 up in the first 20 minutes, we were outstanding, but the frustrating thing was that we took our foot off the pedal a little bit.

"Full credit to Barnes, they came back into the game, but then we pushed on in the second half.

"At this stage of the season it's another pleasing win."

Centre Harry Owens opened the scoring in the third minute with the first try of the afternoon, followed by teenage fly-half Craig Ratford's first of his five conversions for the day.

Marcus Bloomberg, Anthony Andrews and James Ngan also touched down in the next 20 minutes, while Barnes could only notch a single penalty through Warren Gower.

Gary Holmes and Kieran Low then scored two tries in five minutes for the home side to give the scoreline a misleading appearance at the break, but Vincent's brace, along with a try from skipper James Kellard, restored Barking's numerical dominance.

Barking: Jones, Fraser, Owens, Flannery, Vincent, Ratford, Gash, Le Chevalier, Liffchak, Bloomberg, Riding, Lloyd-Jones, Ngan, Andrews, Kellard.


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