One that got away

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE U16s felt their University of Exeter League play-off game against Topsham was one that got away.

Topsham won the game 10-8, but Barnstaple felt they did enough to have won the game. With better execution – and a bit of luck – they may have done.

The sides traded penalties in the first half with Ben Vellacott putting one over for Barnstaple from wide out. With the majority of the possession and territory, they ought to have been ahead at half time.

Topsham scored a try with 20 minutes to go and, crucially, added the conversion. After that it was all one way, with Barum pushing constantly at the Topsham line. Prop forward Jed Avery went over near the posts, but Barum missed the kick.

Still Barum pressed and with 15 minutes to go they thought they had gone ahead with a try from Vellacott, but it was disallowed. A last push saw them gain a penalty under the posts, but the kick came back off the woodwork.

Barnstaple have a Devon Cup semi-final at home to Devonport Services on April 3.

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BARNSTAPLE U10s enjoyed a busy morning of mini action when Tiverton and Bridgend paid a visit.

The day started and ended with engrossing games between Barnstaple A and Bridgend.

In the first game Barum lead early through Casey George, but they were undone in the second half and Bridgend ran out winners 20-5.

Both teams saved their best for last as Barum came back from behind twice in the second game to finish level at 10-10. Jon Bond and Casey George were the try-scorers.

Barum B lost narrowly to Tiverton and were on the wrong end of a 55-0 score line against Bridgend .

Barum exchanged tries with Tiverton up to half time to turn around at 15-all. Aaron Meredith, Finley Tapp and Sam Smale were their scorers. Tiverton edged ahead in the second half. Isaac Windley brought Barum closer, but Tiverton held out for a 25-20 win.

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BRIDGEND also provided the opposition for a three way involving Barnstaple and Bideford U8s.

Ellis Rees, Henry Huxtable, Patrick Clifton, Daniel Trapnell and Olly Kelly were the scorers in a 35-25 defeat by Bideford.

Barnstaple got their revenge 40-35 in a second game. Try scorers were Rees (4), Huxtable, Clifton and Kelly (2).

Bridgend won their match against Barnstaple 30-20. Try scorers were Tom Turner, Rees, Kelly and Patrick Clifton.

Barnstaple are holding a series of rugby workshops for youngsters over the Easter school holidays, all run by 1st XV players.

There are three sessions a day for U7-10s (10am-11.30am), U11s-13s (noon-2pm) and U14s-16s (2pm-4pm).

The workshops are on April 18, 19 and 20 and cost �5 per day per child. Contact Verity White (07812 858218) to sign up.

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BIDEFORD U7s wound up the season at Barnstaple where they played the hosts and Bridgend.

After some fast-running rugby, Bideford lost three games and drew one.

Try scorers were Finley Cope, Will Walkey, Callum Duhig, Adam Leworthy, George Nurse, Leon Crosby and Jacob Stephenson.