Barnstaple extend winning run

Joseph Bulmer

Barnstaple made it four wins in a row with a 35-20 win over visiting Coney hill on saturday.

BARNSTAPLE made it four wins on the bounce by beating Coney Hill 35-20 at Pottington Road.

The first half was spent fencing as the teams tested each other out, but just before the break Barum broke clear. Having trailed twice in the match before going ahead,

Barnstaple stayed in front for the rest of the match. The icing on the cake was a fourth try two minutes from time to clinch the fifth point Two Josh Squire penalties for the home side were wiped out by a catch-and-drive try by Coney’s Chris Cooper that Rory Baker converted. Squire landed penalty number three for 9-7, but Coney Hill regained the lead again with an interception try by Danny Davies that Baker converted.

When Barum let the ball do the work down the line, Jack Elliot joined in from the back row to level it at 14-14. Squire’ s conversion gave the home side the lead. The lead widened when scrum-half Neilson Webber hurtled down the blind side to finish off a 40-metre move with a try. Squire converted that one too.

Baker pulled back three points before the break, but a second try by Elliott early in the second half put Barum on top. Baker landed another penalty on 55 minutes to leave eight points in it, not much of margin with 25 to go. Coney Hill could not make further inroads though and when Mickey Sumner finished off a penalty move with two minutes to go the last bonus point was bagged.

Coming next for Barnstaple is a Devon derby away to Exmouth this Saturday.