Barum brought down with a bump

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE were brought down to earth after their runaway 36-0 win over Cheltenham when they lost 20-8 at Chinnor.

Chinnor eased into a 15-3 lead just before half time and were content to sit on what they had after the break. Barum lost Brad Slade at prop to an injury and brought on Neli Kolinisau as a replacement.

For 25 minutes in the second half there was no score at all until Chinnor added to their tally. Barnstaple did manage a late try by Winston James, but it was merely a consolation for them. Chinnor’s first-half tries were scored by Ricky Hopwood and Matt Goode. James Cathcart converted one and a penalty. Josh Squire landed a penalty in reply for Barnstaple.

The second-half deadlock was broken by a push-over try claimed by Chinnor’s Tom Mowbray.

Barum had the last word when Gareth Espin split the home defence with a 40-metre run before off-loading to flanker James for the score.

Barnstaple have a re-arranged home game against Cleve this Saturday