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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Barnstaple 12-3 Redingensians
SOME of Barnstaple’s current crop of players hadn’t been born the last time Barum beat Redingensians in a league game more than 22 years ago!
Barum defeated the Berkshire side 12-3 in their opening game of the National Three South West season ending that long wait for a win.
Redingensians had won 10 on the trot against Barnstaple from the start of the2009-09 season when the sides were re-united in the same division.
You have to go way back to the final day of the 1990-91 league season for the last time Barnstaple beat Redingensians, which most teams did that year as the Rams were relegated from what we now call South West One West but was South West Two in those days.
Back in those days the league season was only 10 games long and included opposition such as Henley, Abbey and Cinderford – either home or away but never both.
Tries from Ryan Brend and Ryan Carter, the latter converted by Luke Berry, were enough to get Barnstaple ahead and keep them there.
The game was the first in charge for new joint coaches Steve Perry and Tom Skelding, and to win it was something to savour.
“To defeat a side Barnstaple had not beaten for so long was a great start for us,” said Perry.
“The forwards fronted it for us with a good driving game from the line-out, and our defence stood up really well,: said Perry.
“We didn’t have a large amount of possession in the second half, which got a bit stop start, but what we had we looked after well.
“Redingensians were a big side but didn’t use all their players and stuck to an eight-man game,
“We varied our game well; kicking well when we needed to, going wide when that was the best option and looking after the ball when we had to.”
Barnstaple are away to Weston this Saturday.