New look youngsters impressive

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE U13s made 12 changes for the visit of Winscombe and still ran out 62-5 winners.

The new combinations in the backline showed great promise and despite a few dropped balls they moved the ball well with Joe Bond and Man of the Match Luke Harris to the fore.

Barum scored 10 tries in all, through debutant Marcus Slee, Tom Clark, Rob Squires (3), Noah Nash, George Terry, Jack Cloke, Joe Bond and Matthew Symons. Conversions were added by Rob Squires (5) and Will Knill.

Barnstaple U15s overcame visting Sibford School 36-5.

Great play from Theo Seel-Kent and Bradley Drew in the forwards secured good ball for Jacob Nash to score the opening try.

Barum had a lot of possession and worked it well through the hands for Gareth Sloman to touch down. Jacob Nash burst through from a quick tap penalty and bagged his second of the day which Daniel Barrett converted. Barum again took the catch from the restart and ran well for Chris Kalisz to score in the corner. Rob Hendy was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

The second half was a little slower as Barnstaple tried a few moves and changed their style. Will Fishleigh capped a great day in the centre and scored a lovely try which Jordan Petherbridge converted.

The game became a little stale until Jacob Nash poached an interception just inside his own half and raced the length of the pitch to dot down under the posts. Petherbridge converted.

Elliot Howard and Jordan Young both played well in the back row. Alex Hammett at hooker did not lose a strike and took some against the head. Reece Clarke also impressed in the front row.