Coach sees red as former player completes unlikely comeback for Avonmouth.

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BARNSTAPLE coach Kevin Squire was seething after seeing a winning position wiped out at Avonmouth Old Boys.

Barum were 17-5 up at half time and 24-22 in front with five minutes to go when Avonmouth kicked a penalty to win it.

The fact it was Barnstaple old boy Joe Wearne who kicked the winning penalty didn’t do a great deal for Squire’s humour.

It wasn’t the penalty decision that upset Squire, but the unhappy fact Barum could not hold on to the lead.

Squire said the players knew lowly Avonmouth would not be a push-over on their own ground in glue pot conditions, yet seemed to forget that the moment they stepped off the team coach.

“We were rubbish and got what we deserved,” said Squire.

“Instead of playing our own game we allowed ourselves to get sucked into playing their game.

“Almost everything we said before the game that we didn’t want to do, we went out and did!”

It was almost all Barnstaple in the first half as they turned around 17-5 up.

The Mouth changed tactics in the second half to take a 22-17 lead, only for Barum to get back in front with an interception try.

In a nail-biting finish it all came down to Wearne booting his current team to victory over his old one, which he did with a penalty five minutes from time.

Having been badly mauled seven days earlier by Weston, no wonder the Mouth’s two-try skipper Grant Britton was elated.

‘Barnstaple are no mugs and dominated the line-outs and the scrums in the first half,’ said Britton.

‘For the second half we changed things around, and got our pick-and-go game helped us to take control.’

Ross Williamson notched a try and there were four penalties for Luke Berry in a largely one-way first half.

Britton took a short pass from Conor Power to barge in Avonmouth’s first try.

Britton claimed another close-range try in the second half which Wearne converted before adding a penalty.

Then good hands put Jamie Foss in for a try after Barum lost their ball at a scrum. Wearne converted that one too.

Back came Barum with an interception try by wing Lynford Brock. Berry added the extras for a two-point lead.

Barum are back at Pottington this Saturday for a home game against Weston.

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BIDEFORD stay right behind St Austell at the top of the Western Counties table following a 57-12 win over Exeter Saracens.

It was scoreless until the 20th minute then Bideford scored the first of three tries in eight minutes to take control of the game.

Flanker Dave Evans dribbled through to score the opener on 20 minutes.

Josh King ran over from a stolen line-out then James Buckland beat off Sarries’ last man to score the third.

Saracens’ lock Alex Moore went over just before the break from a penalty move. Dan Demoline converted for a 21-7 deficit.

Two minutes into the second half Bideford had their bonus-point try. Adam Crouch and Buckland combined for King to score on the left.

Stefan James and Chris Snell added close range tries then Crouch sprinted over from the 22.

Pat Sanders, on as a replacement, kicked two of the conversions.

Pressure at scrum time saw Sarries concede a penalty try. Sanders converted and Sarries’ hooker Nick Shires went to the sin-bin.

Richard Norman completed the scoring for the home side when he flopped over from a penalty with three minutes to go.

Sarries had the last word when Rob Stanley crossed three minutes into time added on.

Bideford are away to bottom side Honiton this Saturday.

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TORRINGTON won 15-10 at Buckfastleigh to reach the last four of the Devon Junior Cup.

Flanker Gavin Mitchell was the key man for Torrie, scoring a try in each half as the Devon One side struggled to beat a team from the next division down.

Despite playing up the hill in the first half, Torrington went in ahead thanks to the first of Mitchell’s tries and a penalty from Nick Evans.

Buckfastleigh stayed in contention thanks to a penalty from Harry Laity.

Torrie fancied their chances down the slope in the second period but their resilient hosts were not about to give up the game.

Torrington did extend their lead with Mitchell’s second score but Buckfastleigh responded with a try from Joe Scibilia, converted by Laity.

A penalty from Evans gave Torrington some breathing space but they had to endure a nervy finish before victory was confirmed.

Torrington welcome promotion-chasing Plymstock this Saturday.

South Molton’s game against Dartmouth was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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ILFRACOMBE lost 24-22 to North Tawton in the Devon Junior Plate.

Combe are on the road to Tamar Saracens this Saturday.

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