Barnstaple search for new players

17:45 24 April 2012

Barnstaple man-of-the-match Winston James tries to burrow his way through.

Barnstaple man-of-the-match Winston James tries to burrow his way through.


BARNSTAPLE are already looking ahead to next season as the dust settles on the current campaign.

Barum’s National Three programme ended at Exmouth last Saturday with a 39-10 defeat by their arch rivals.

The game was done and dusted by half time as Exmouth were sitting pretty on a 31-10 lead.

Matt Garner went in twice – once in the corner and once under the posts – and there were tries for Dave Kimberley, Ross Moorshead and Mark Wathes, who followed up a charge-down to score.

Winston James went over for Barum in the 18th and 31st minutes.

The first scoring action after the break was a 61st minute try by James, followed by another for Luke Berry.

Exmouth had the last word when Kimberley went over and Andrew Powell slotted a fourth conversion.

Kevin Squire, Barum’s director of rugby, said it was clear the squad needed strengthening.

“I didn’t think they were that much better than us, certainly not like the Devon Cup semi-final on Easter Saturday, when they stuffed us at our place,” said Squire.

“There was a five-minute period before half time when Exmouth scored three tries very quickly – two of them from our mistakes. One came when a Will Topps kick was charged down, the other from a handling error in midfield.

“Exmouth still had some work to do to score the tries, but without our mistakes they wouldn’t have been in those positions. Take out those three tries and it is a much closer game.”

Barnstaple are destined for fifth in the table – a big improvement on fourth from bottom last term – but Squire could be happier.

“We were going along quite nicely until the cup semi-final against Exmouth, then a few of our limitations were exposed,” said Squire.

“When a few players are out we don’t have the strength in depth to cover for them,

“The last three weeks have been a bit of a wake-up call for the team management and have underlined the need to strengthen. I am close to announcing two new signings in the next few days and a couple more are in the pipeline.”

Priorities for Squire are replacing prop Phil Gordon, who has retired, and scrum-half Neilson Webber, who has been strongly linked with a move to the Cornish All Blacks, having informed Barum he won’t be around next season.


Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 19:51

The Robins drew 1-1 at the Sports Ground in the Evo-Stik Southern League this afternoon (Saturday).

Read more
Thu, 15:49

North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

Read more
Wed, 17:30

This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

Read more
Wed, 16:26

The two teams were playing in the Devon Senior Cup on Saturday.

Read more
Wed, 09:14

It was another tough day at the office for Barnstaple in the National League Two South, losing 45-8.

Read more
Tue, 15:28

The Robins squandered a first half lead in their Southern League Division One South and West fixture last night (Monday).

Read more
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Barum were in action in the Southern League Division One South and West at Mill Road.

Read more
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Bideford for their third win of the season in the Tribute South West One West

Read more
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Barnstaple suffered their fifth National League Two South defeat of the season against Redingensians.

Read more
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Robins and Bluebirds were both in action on Sunday.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications