|Date||11 November 2017|
|Result||L 15 - 45|
|Time played||Normal time|
A depleted Bank squad travelled north of the river to take on Barnet Elizabethans on a boggy wet pitch, licking their wounds following the heart breaking last minute defeat to London Welsh. Bank entered the contest missing no less than 9 first team regulars due to injury and ‘other commitments’ but were determined to not use that as excuse.
As has often been the case this season Bank failed to get out of the traps and concede two early tries from the driving maul, 12-0 to Barnet. It took till the half hour mark for Bank to wake up and a period of sustained pressure combined with some slick hands saw Al Lochrane go over the whitewash for his first try of the season, 12-5. Buoyed by the cheers of the home crowd Barnet capitalised on some good fortune and went over for their third try of the half, 17-5 to Barnet at HT.
Bank had it all do to in the Second half and much like the first half struggled to get going early on, conceding their fourth try of the game to make to make it 24-5 to the home side.
Banks resolve which had dug them out of tricky situations all season glimmered for a brief moment when talisman Dan Farr went over in the corner mid way through the second half to make it 24-10 to keep Banks hopes alive.
With Banks chances hanging by a thread the contest was put to bed when some poor fringe defence resulted in Barnet crossing the line twice in quick succession to make it 36-10.
Banks chances of getting a losing bonus point were helped when the dynamic duo of Farr and Powells combined to put Will Powells over for his 10th try of the season, 36-15.
Bank were thrown another life line in the 70th minute when the Barnet hooker was sin binned for repeated infringements, although the away side failed to capitalise on the one man advantage and Barnet rubbed salt in the wounds and rounded off a fine day at the office with their sixth try, 41-15 FT.
No excuses for Bank who were well and truly humiliated by a determined Barnet side. The league breaks till the 25th of November which is a timely opportunity for Bank to reassess what they hope to achieve this season following back to back losses.
A special mention to the Barnet players and fans who’s hospitality was second to none, we look forward to welcoming you Bank Lane in the new year.