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Barking
Chelmsford
Tries
T Acorn, J Young, R Toomey, H Payne, J Acorn (2), J Allway
Conversions
J Young (4)
Penalties
J Young
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 3 Essex Full time

Comfortable win for Chelmsford in their last away game of the season

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Barking 10 43 Chelmsford

The last away game of the season saw Chelmsford gain a comfortable win over Barking. Chelmsford always had too much pace in the backs for their opposition and the upper hand in both scrum and lineout.
Barking RFC find themselves in the bottom 4 teams in the league, fighting to avoid relegation and this determination was evident in their early defence. Although Chelmsford had most of the possession and field advantage in the opening twenty-five minutes, only a penalty by Joel Young saw points on the board. But in the last fifteen minutes of the half, Chelmsford well and truly found their feet and four tries - all well converted by Young - were scored. Joel Young had an excellent game at fly-half, facilitating some great pace in the backs and sure footed in his kicking. Chelmsford’s first try saw fullback Tom Acorn snap the ball up when Barking dropped the ball inside their own twenty-two, to score an opportunistic try. Immediately from the restart, Harry Thompson broke away and fed Ross Toomey – back out on the wing - for a good try. Henry Payne – back in his first full game post injury - then got on the score sheet following a forward drive. The final try of the half was easily the best of the game, and, when the ball was relayed at pace to Jack Acorn who flew past the opposition to score.
Half time Barking 0 Chelmsford 31
The second half was somewhat disappointing for Chelmsford and, although they scored a further two tries, they did not match the performance of the first half. It is hard to say whether Chelmsford became complacent due to their 31-point lead, or whether they would have struggled against a stronger team but they were fortunate to keep their lead. Credit to Barking for not letting their heads drop and for scoring two consolation tries late in the game but, fortunately for Chelmsford, it was not enough to swing the scores against them. For the last half an hour, Chelmsford did not have fifteen men on the pitch at any time, suffering two yellow and one red card. Having the overlap allowed Barking to score two unconverted tries. Despite Barking having the edge in numbers, Chelmsford consistently outpaced Barking and Jack Acorn and Jimmy scored a try a piece, one of which was converted by Young.
Next week will see the last game of the season when Chelmsford take on Maldon at Coronation Park, kick off at 3.00pm. Chelmsford faced Maldon for the first time back in November and the Blue Boys triumphed 59-10 on Maldon’s turf. It will be interesting to see how far Chelmsford have come as they take on Maldon on their home ground.

Key moments

16:00
Penalty Joel Young kicks a penalty for Chelmsford
30:00
Try Tom Acorn scores for Chelmsford
30:00
Try Joel Young scores for Chelmsford
31:00
Try Ross Toomey scores for Chelmsford
31:00
Conversion Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
41:00
Try Henry Payne scores for Chelmsford
41:00
Conversion Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
46:00
Try Jack Acorn scores for Chelmsford
46:00
Conversion Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
52:00
Try Jack Acorn scores for Chelmsford
58:00
Try Jimmy Allway scores for Chelmsford
58:00
Conversion Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford

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Highlights

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58:00 Conversion 0 - 46
Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
58:00 Try 0 - 44
Jimmy Allway scores for Chelmsford
52:00 Try 0 - 39
Jack Acorn scores for Chelmsford
46:00 Try 0 - 32
Jack Acorn scores for Chelmsford
46:00 Conversion 0 - 34
Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
41:00 Try 0 - 25
Henry Payne scores for Chelmsford
41:00 Conversion 0 - 27
Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
End of period 1
31:00 Try 0 - 18
Ross Toomey scores for Chelmsford
31:00 Conversion 0 - 20
Joel Young kicks a conversion for Chelmsford
30:00 Try 0 - 13
Joel Young scores for Chelmsford
30:00 Try 0 - 8
Tom Acorn scores for Chelmsford
16:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Joel Young kicks a penalty for Chelmsford
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As it happened

  • Barking
  • Chelmsford
  • 0
  • Joel Young Penalty 16:00'
  • Tom Acorn Try 30:00'
  • Joel Young Try 30:00'
  • Ross Toomey Try 31:00'
  • Joel Young Conversion 31:00'
  • Henry Payne Try 41:00'
  • Joel Young Conversion 41:00'
  • Jack Acorn Try 46:00'
  • Joel Young Conversion 46:00'
  • Jack Acorn Try 52:00'
  • Jimmy Allway Try 58:00'
  • Joel Young Conversion 58:00'

Team selection

Acorn, Tom Acorn, Tom
Toomey, Ross Toomey, Ross
James, Scott James, Scott
Alligan, Thomas Alligan, Thomas
Acorn, Jack Acorn, Jack
Young, Joel Young, Joel
Woodwood, Warren Woodwood, Warren
Redford, Paul Redford, Paul
Payne, Henry Payne, Henry
Thompson, Harry Thompson, Harry
Ellis, Alex Ellis, Alex
Crouch, Nick Crouch, Nick
Hyett, David Hyett, David
Booth, Callum Booth, Callum
Smith, Josh Smith, Josh

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Epping Upper Clapton 22 100
2. East London 22 85
3. Braintree 22 79
4. Chelmsford 22 77
5. Ilford Wanderers 22 62
6. Kings Cross Steelers 22 57
7. Old Cooperians 22 56

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