TringRugby battle through the rain to see off dogged Barking

Grant Wattleworth in action for TringRugby. Picture (c) Adam Hollier
Grant Wattleworth in action for TringRugby. Picture (c) Adam Hollier
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TringRugby battled to a hard-fought 34-13 at Barking in atrocious weather conditions which saw the majority of sporting fixtures cancelled over the weekend.

The Barking groundsmen had done well to make the pitch playable and, kicking off in driving rain and swirling winds, the hosts pressed forward in the first half with the elements in their favour.

Tring were penned back in their own 22 for the first 25 minutes, but the visitors defended well and scored with their first foray forward through Nathan Lambden.

Barking responded well, though, and got their first points on the board with a penalty from Craig Ratford and a try from prop Sam John which Ratford converted.

Will Mitchell replied with a penalty for Tring to reduce the deficit to 10-8 just before the break, but the game changed after the interval when a player from each side let frustration get the better of them.

Tring captain Mike March and Barking prop Aaron Cohen both saw red, before Tring’s Tom Newton was also given 10 minutes in the sin bin.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Tring swarmed forward and Richard Roberts cut an excellent angle to touch down under the posts.

Barking replied with a penalty to level the scores at 13-13, but Tring dominated the last 15 minutes to earn the win.

After several pick and drives from the Tring pack, scrum-half Richard Beeny feigned one way and then sneaked over the line, with Mitchell adding the extras.

Buoyed by the try, a deft grubber kick from Newton put in Tom Barnes who made the line, and Mitchell converted from the touchline.

There was still time for one more try and, with Barking pressing forward, Tring’s Harry Green hacked the ball upfield and Zak Michalski gathered and touched down for his 10th try of the season.