Despite an error strewn period of play and a slightly disjointed performance Charlton Park managed to score five tries and secured a bonus point victory and record their first win of the league season.
Fielding a changed team forced upon them by various factors Charlton made the worse possible start to the match when they did not send the ball ten metres from the kick-off, but at the ensuing scrum showed an advantage which they were to use throughout the match.
The opening g exchanges between the two sides was extremely scrappy with numerous mistakes on both sides not taking advantage. It was Charlton’s habit of giving away penalties in their half almost cost them dearly as following a period of pressure from Barking they gave away a series of penalties and unfortunately for Barking their kicker had a bad day with his boot and missed several gilt-edge chances to open the scoring.
Despite defending for long periods of play Charlton had made several good running incursions in the Barking half and following a pick up and pass at a scrum by Luke Boyns saw Michael Cassizi make to concerted run and he was judged to have put a foot in touch, with the goal line coming into sight. Five minutes later Cassizi was to score the opening try when Reion Raybe combined well with Mark English and they put Cassizi into space and he took to scoring opportunity with relish to open the scoring.
Following conceding a try Barking redoubled their efforts and the next ten minutes’ saw Charlton forced back into the twenty-two-metre area and a string of penalties in favour of barking ensued that the home side were in control of the match and it took a strong last ditch tackle from Beau Stamford-Francis to prevent aa try. Luckily for Charlton Barking were unable to capitalise on the advantage but finally the referee lost patience with Charlton’s indiscretions and issued a yellow card reducing them down to fourteen men.
Charlton were forced into yet another re-arrangement of their team when John Beith suffered a severe shoulder injury but strangely this seemed to stiffen Charlton’s resolve for the rest of the half.
The second half saw Charlton make a better start to half and following Barking collapsing a rolling maul close to their goal line and receiving a yellow card Charlton were awarded a penalty and opted for a scrum. Utilising the man advantage Boyns picked up from the base and drove over for the try which Alan Knuckey kicked to extend the lead.
Once again poor discipline by Charlton, at the restart, saw Barking establish good field position and this time when they were awarded an indirect kick they did not squander the chance and scored a converted try to narrow Charlton’s lead.
A charging run from Stamford-Francis who was having a good game in both tight and loose play seemed to have created a scoring opportunity but his pass was ruled forward. From the following scrum, however Charlton won the ball against the put in and swift transference of the ball saw Raybe scoring Charlton’s third try and with Knuckey adding the conversion Charlton had established a comfortable cushion.
Once again at the restart Charlton seemed to lose focus and barking had several opportunities to score but robust defence denied them any reward. Stunned into action Charlton concentration seemed to snap back and a run from Jérémy Montes handing off defenders and twisting out of tackles saw him score Charlton’s fourth try and in doing so gain a try bonus point.
A second yellow card for Barking for pulling down a maul five metres from their try line saw Charlton opt for a scrum and a pre-arranged move saw English take a running line to enable him to score a try and with Knuckey adding the conversion to give some gloss to a disjointed performance from Charlton.
Next Saturday Charlton entertain Beckenham who narrowly lost against Dartfordians last Saturday kick off 3.00pm.