Barnstaple seal National League Two South victory over Redruth with late comeback

PUBLISHED: 12:33 12 September 2017

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

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It’s two out of two and maximum points earned for Barum following Saturday’s win

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple came from behind in stoppage time to make it two wins on the trot in National League Two South with a 29-24 win over visiting Redruth.

It looked like Barum’s day after they cruised into a 17-0 lead before half time, but Redruth had other ideas.

The Reds came storming back to level it at 17-all –and with eight minutes to go were 24-17 up.

Barnstaple got a try back through Winston James – the conversion failed – then stole ahead in added time with a second try from James.

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

Jake Murphy, who had a case for man of the match, made the play that put James over in Clubhouse Corner.

Jordan Petherbridge had kicked Barum ahead on three minutes with a penalty. Petherbridge went off injured soon after and Murphy took over kicking duties.

Gareth Evans added a try from No.8 on 17 minutes that Jake Murphy converted.

Two minutes before the break wing Kyle Speare, a close-season capture from Bude, flew up the wing for a try. Murphy converted that one too.

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

The Redruth comeback started with a Sam Matavesi try, converted by Joe Elderkin who added a penalty almost immediately.

When Kyle Marriott scored at the base Elderkin popped over the goal and Redruth were on terms with 30 minutes to go.

It stayed 17-all until the 71st minute when Tipiloma Kivaul, on up front for Ethan Pattison, got over the line and Elderkin converted.

Then came the grandstand finish with James scoring twice in three minutes to snatch the game back.

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

There was still three minutes to play after James got his second try, which couldn’t pass quickly enough for home supporters in the 850-strong crowd.

Barnstaple make their shortest away journey of the season on Saturday, visiting Taunton Titans.

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins Barnstaple v Redruth. Picture: Bob Collins

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