Colts move into semi-finals

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE Colts ended their league season in style on Saturday with a 22-7 win over a dangerous Sidmouth side, to reach the semi-finals of the Devon Cup.

Sidmouth, who demolished South Molton the previous weekend in a devastating first half, arrived at Pottington Road looking to throw Barum’s season into turmoil.

Five minutes into the game the visitors were 7-0 up and the men in red looked slightly shell shocked.

But with patient build-up work and some outstanding midfield defence by Mark Brend, James Roulstone and Rob Elliott, they slowly took the game by the throat and squeezed the life out of the Sidmouth team.

Josh Davie, Ben Howard and Lewis Jose kept Sidmouth on the back foot all afternoon, allowing the rest of the Barnstaple forwards to dominate.

After 10 minutes of play, man of the match James Roulstone danced past two defenders to score by the posts for an easy Elliott conversion and a 7-7 scoreline.

A moment of genius put Barum ahead before half time. Full-back Henry Meredith chipped for speedster Linford Brock to chase, then round the full-back for a try that was converted by Elliott for a 14-7 half time lead.

Elliot then kicked a penalty and Roulstone ended the scoring with a well-worked second try.

“This was one of our best games of the season,” said coach Andy Gubb. “We knew the win would take us through to the Devon Cup semi-finals and that Sidmouth were keen to spoil the party.The lads did just what they had to do, and proved they are good under pressure.”

Coming next for Barnstaple is a trip to Ivybridge on April 16 in the semi-finals.