Barum have to turn around at Membury Services as Development XV win

11:29 07 January 2014

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Fixture secretary unhappy with 10 o’clock pitch inspection

BARNSTAPLE were well on their way to Amersham & Chiltern before getting the call telling them the game was off.

It’s Barum’s longest trip of the season and they left Pottington at 7am to get up to Hertfordshire by coach.

More than three hours later, while having a coffee stop at Membury Services, the call came through to say the pitch was waterlogged.

“They knew we were leaving at seven so why leave the inspection until ten past ten?”said Barnstaple fixture secretary Verity White.

“Surely they could have called us sooner to stop us getting that far in the first place?

“We couldn’t even turn round straight away as we had to pull out of Membury towards London before we could turn back at the next junction.”

February 1 looks the likely date for a reply, which will mean delaying the Devon Cup game against Exmouth due to be played the same day.

As Exmouth now have two games to catch up in National Two following their postponement against Bournemouth yesterday – and no free date before Easter – cup congestion looms.

The matter was due to be discussed on Tuesday night when Devon’s competition’s sub-committee meets.

Barnstaple have added an extra scrum-half to their squad after re-signing Jacob Nash from near neighbours Bideford.

Nash, who has been invited to an England U18 training camp next month, played age-group rugby for Barnstaple up 16 and had a year with Okehampton before joining Bideford.

He is a student at Bicton College and has also turned out for Chiefs U18s.

Barnstaple are at home to Avonmouth Old Boys this Saturday.

Barnstaple’s Development XV overpowered Crediton 38-5 at Pottington in their first game for a month.

Mark Galliford put Jay Sharp in for the first try which Shaun East converted. Barum didn’t score again until late in the first half when East scored and converted after good work by Callum Sumners.

Three minutes into the second half Barum were 19-0 up – Scott Warren scoring wide on the right.

Steve Paul followed up behind Nigel East for a try that Shaun East converted, then Ben Smith got a try from a rolling maul.

Finally, Iwan Williams went in under the posts for Shaun East to add the extras.

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