Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Barnstaple win on the road as Bideford’s wait for a win goes on
BARNSTAPLE won 54-24 at Avonmouth to answer joint coach Steve Perry’s plea for better performances on the road.
Tom Heard swooped for a try hat-trick as Barum moved within four points of leaders Lydney at the top of the table.
Barum will have tougher tests than Avonmouth this season – and Perry admitted he was unhappy conceding four tries against them.
“Our attack went well, we made good decisions in the right places and our discipline was better, although like our defence it can be improved,” said Perry.
“It is crucial in this division to dominate up front and that’s what we did, which allowed us to play our brand of rugby.
“We were able to put big points on the board away from home – and I hope we can continue doing that.”
Perry pointed out Barnstaple had been tested up front in previous games against Weston and Redingensians.
“For the first time we were able to dominate another pack,” said Perry.
Rob Elliott (2),Winston James, Ryan Carter and Ryan Brend were the other try scores. Will Topps kicked the goals.
Barum paraded new signing Ollie Mason in the back-five, a 31-year-old who was last registered with North Walsham.
Barnstaple are back at Pottington this Saturday for a first-ever visit from Worcester Warriors.
BIDEFORD’S wait for a win goes on, although there were signs in the second half of their 13-5 defeat by Chard that things are on the up.
Chard shot off into a 13-0 lead in the first 20 minutes, which did not bode well for Bideford.
But Chard didn’t score again in the match – losing two players to the sin-bin did them no favours – and after a woeful start Bideford enjoyed a bit more territory and possession.
What Bideford lacked was the finishing touch and that they need to rediscover before the season gets too much older.
Chris Doak kicked Chard ahead in the sixth minute with a penalty.
Chard wing Neil Douglas looped round to score on the overlap and on 18 minutes Doak was the provider for scrum-half Brian Harrison to barge over in the corner.
Half time came and went with Bideford pointless, although Neil Giddy had missed a kick and Sam Olde had gone close to a try.
Four minutes into the second half Bideford scored their only try when wing James Buckland went roving and took half the Chard defence over with him for a try.
A combination of wrong choices and good Chard defence contrived to keep Bideford safely away from the try linefor the rest of the match.
Bideford make the short trip to Cullompton this Saturday.
SOUTH Molton dipped out of the RFU National Vase as the Devon semi-final stage when they went down 12-7 to visiting Totnes.
Molton enjoyed a fine cup run last season but made too many mistakes against Totnes to repeat it.
Both sides went into the game unbeaten in Devon One, but Totnes had the better of the first half.
Arron Barlett opened the scoring for Molton when he ran over from the halfay line;
In the second half Totnes extended their lead with a sublime try, the visitors putting together 13 phases of attacking play all over the pitch before Jonny Gledhill was the man to score.
South Molton did respond late on with a try from Ollie Shadick making for an interesting last 15 minutes but they were unable to deny Totnes the win.
It is back to the league this Saturday and a home game against another in-form side, Topsham.
TORRINGTON have no game in Devon Two for the second successive Saturday. They pay a visit to Bideford to play the Quins in a friendly.
Ilfracombe are at home to second-placed Buckfastleigh.