This week saw Thamesian’s take on Barnet in the cup run. After the previous weeks disappointing result T’s needed a good result and what better chance than against a team in the league above us. With a point to prove T’s started well early on with good pressure on Barnet’s defense. Eventually a good break down the wing by Zac opened the scoring, things were looking positive from T’s. As the game went om T’s continued to pile the pressure on Barnet’s defense, a good break down the middle by Arlind led to Buddha going over for the second try of the game and piling the pressure on Barnet to start performing. However, this was not to be the case as a charge down by Neil let Cokes pick the ball up and run away to the try line in his typically cheeky fashion. By now T’s had started to stamp their authority on the game, pressuring Barnet into mistakes any time they were on the ball, dominating the scrums repeatedly and being clinical in attack. A good combination in attack by T’s saw Cokes no look offload fall to Deano who even with his one still made his way to the try line to go over for T’s fourth try of the day. As the first half came to an end Barnet were falling behind and taking a battering, Neil bullying them all over the pitch, the back combining well, it was all proving too much Barnet.
As the second half got under way Barnet attempted to get back into the match. However, a good forwards combination at the lineout saw Neil barge is way over the line to give T’s their fifth try of the day. Finally, Barnet struck back with a try of their own, a good break down the right side of the pitch with some strong runners they made their way over the line and converted to ensure a whitewash wasn’t on the cards. Then after barely anytime on the pitch Dan Pett received an undeserved yellow card and ten minutes in the bin and left the pitch in despair. Just as Dan returned to the pitch the referee had decided Neil had done enough bullying for one day and proceeded to send him to the bin with a yellow card too. The game finished 47-7 and saw T’s return to winning ways and start their journey in the cup.
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