Record win for U15s

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE U15s returned to their winning ways with a record 84-0 win over Wellington.

Wellington put up some resistance, and had a lively back-line, but the Barum team were simply too good in every aspect of play.

Try scorers were; Alexi Bulpet, Rhys Morrison, Barny Meadowcroft, Isaac Hydleman, Sam Roberts, Andy Black, Zac Davie and Joseph Caley. Conversions from Barny Meadowcroft, Sam Robertsand and Robbie Hume.

BARNSTAPLE U16s sequence of 60-points wins came to and end after three weeks when they went down 27-10 to visiting Wellington.

From the start the pressure was on as the home side defended their line time and again to hold out the spirited attack.

After 16 minutes Ethan Paddon got on the end of a flowing move to touch down for the first try of the game to give Barum a 5-0 lead.

A number of lads were making their first start of the season and special mention should go to Alex Hammett who put in a Man of the Match performance.

Wellington scored and converted two breakaway tries just before half-time to go 14-5 up.

With a number of players missing from the Barnstaple side, the visitors showed their strength and scored a penalty and more unconverted tries for a 27-5 lead.

Barnstaple played with spirit, but dropped passes cost them chances to get back in the match.

When Jordan Petherbridge came on off the bench he added a touch of class that settled the lads and allowed then to play some controlled rugby with Michael Taylor bashing up well supported by Gareth Sloman.

Late in the game a super passage of involving Chris Kalisz allowed Jacob Nash to run in a second Barum try.

Barum will be looking to bounce back against South Molton this Sunday.

BIDEFORD U14s’ offloading, handling and recycling was too much for Bodmin in a 51-0 win.

Adter mounting up a 29-0 half-time lead Bideford made five changes at the break, but still kept piling on the points. Try scorers included hat-tricks for Michael Smith and Josh Londo, plus others from Josh Salmon, Reece Pearn and Patrick Kendrew and three conversions by Hayden Morris.

BARNSTAPLE U14s entertained Wellington on Sunday looking for an improvement on a recent run of defeats and got it in a 53-0 win.

Matthew Symons scored early on with a powerful run from midfield.

William Swales had a commanding game at scrum-half, passing well and worrying the defence around the fringes.

Try scorers were Matthew Symons, Ryan Lee , Brad Chapple, Matt Giblett, Cameron Eckford), Luke Harris. Rob Squires scored a try and three conversions.

BARNSTAPLE U13s were always on the back foot after conceding two early tries at Wellington.

The forwards got a foothold by the end of the first half but another try was conceded from a turnover to put Wellington 19-0 up.

The forwards came out fired up in the second half,, but lacking a consistent cutting edge in the backs, were left frustrated.

Barum were denied a try when Ed May’s long-distance effort was stopped by an excellent covering tackle from the Wellington defence.

Wellington had one more try in them which took the score to 24-0.

BARNSTAPLE U12s maintained their winning run in two fixtures at Minehead.

Barum were slow to start in the first fixture but picked up as the game developed and were eventual 26-7 winners.

New players were introduced in the second fixture and the team went on to win 19-7. The try scorers were Dan Cattermole, Bert Stretch, Charlie Hannan, Harry Wilson Palmer, Stan Wilks and Flynn Elworthy.

BARNSTAPLE U11s proved too strong for Minhead, running out 42-7 winners.

The home side enjoyed some good territory and possession, but Barum gradually worked their way into the game and scored first.

Casey George set up the first try for Dylan Gosling then scored the second himself.

Gosling opened the second half with a try, which set the foundations for the second half.

The full tally of try scorers was Gosling (2), George (2), Sam Smale and Liam Drew.

Aaron Skelton-Norrish and Callum Webb represented Barum very well in their first game.

BARNSTAPLE U9s lost the first match at Minehead 15-5. Barnstaple’s try scorer was Patrick Clifton.

Barum won the second match 20-10 with a try from Rees and Patrick Clifton.

The team played some fantastic rugby with some lovely driving mauls.

Player of the day was Ellis Rees for his tries and some well executed tackles.