Barnstaple come back at Broadstreet to make it back-to-back National League Two South wins
PUBLISHED: 14:15 05 December 2017
Barum score 22 unanswered points to seal a bonus point win in Coventry
Barnstaple go into Saturday’s home game against Old Redcliffians looking to make it three wins on the reel in National League Two South.
Barum followed up their 22-3 home win over Tonbridge Juddians with a 27-15 victory at Broadstreet.
Results elsewhere went Barum’s way too, helping to open up an 18-point gap between them and the third relegation slot, currently occupied by Old Reds.
“It was a good weekend for us – now we have to keep it going,” said chairman of rugby Jeremy Chugg.
“We have only won three in a row once since we arrived in this division so equalling that is something to aim for on Saturday.”
For the record Barum beat Worthing (9-7), Barnes (24-22) and Taunton (22-19) on successive Saturdays last season.
It was hard work though for Barum, even after Broads went down to 14 men just before the break due to a straight red card.
Broadstreet flanker Chris Zutic was ordered off for a dangerous challenge on Barum’s Gwyn Parks.
The Midlanders stayed ahead well into the second half and only in the final 20 did Barum get ahead.
Barnstaple had gone behind on two minutes to a converted try and six minutes later a penalty left them 10-0 down.
On 11 minutes the home side’s lead rose to 15-0 and Barum needed a score.
A penalty try got Barum on the board, followed by a Jarryd Hayler score to leave just three points in it.
It stayed at 15-12 until midway through the second half when a Parks penalty put Barum on level terms.
Then Barum found another gear. Parks hoofed the ball into the backs for Luke Berry to run on to, juggle desperately and cling on long enough to make it to the line. Petherbridge’s conversion made it 22-15 to Barum
Five minutes from time Will Topps dashed over to seal the win and a bonus point.