Barum make hard work of it

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE were frustrated by Amersham’s defence and their inability to finish off chances in a game they won 8-5.

Four times in the second half Barnstaple got over the try line but were unable to get the ball down on the ground.

Even when Amersham went down to six men in the pack following a double sin-binning, Barum couldn’t drive the visitors back over their own line.

And when Barum did get in the clear, they were guilty of dropping passes or knocking-on taking contact.

Director of rugby Kevin Squire got a bit hot under the collar at times, but said there were compensations.

‘They never looked like scoring, other than when they did from a breakaway,” said Squire.

“We must have spent most of the second half in their 22 so it would have been hard for Amersham to score anyway.

“It was frustrating, but I have to say defensively Amersham were a much better side than the one we put 40 points on at the start of the season.

“After the debacle that was our defeat at Old Patesians (35-7), we have taken 14 out of the last 15 points and that I have to be happy with.”

Amersham, who have only won once on the road all season, were ahead after three minutes thanks to a try by flanker Wayne Wilson after some soccer-style skills flat footed the Barum defence

Neil Giddy potted a ninth minute penalty to put Barum on the board.

The final play of the first half saw Barry go over after good work in the build up by Will Topps.