BARNSTAPLE'S fortunes on the road continue to be a cause for concern as the Pottington side returned home from Bracknell on the wrong end of a 48-6 scoreline. Barum had a tenuous grip on the game for a long time; 15-6 at halfway and 18-6 on the hour but w

BARNSTAPLE'S fortunes on the road continue to be a cause for concern as the Pottington side returned home from Bracknell on the wrong end of a 48-6 scoreline.Barum had a tenuous grip on the game for a long time; 15-6 at halfway and 18-6 on the hour but were eventually blown away by Bracknell's bigger pack.Barum Coach Kevin Squire said: "Up to half time we had been competitive and contained them, but they came out a better side after the break and began to punch holes in our defence. "In the end their much bigger pack got on top and it became one-way traffic. We are glad to have got that game out of the way."Nick Shears and Carl Cimpoias scored Bracknell's first-half tries, Cimpoias was also amongst the second-half scorers as were Andy Vanzyl, Stu Mackie and Dan Ap Dafydd. Ben Novak kicked the goals.All Barnstaple could manage in response were two first-half penalties from full-back Luke Berry.l BARNSTAPLE'S Development XV had a tough day at the office, winning a tight game against Tiverton 17-12, and defending their line at the end to keep out Tiverton.After beating Tiverton convincingly in their first game of the season, Barum were expecting a challenge but not quite to the level they received.With a strong wind playing down the park, the first half was mainly Barum, other than a Tiverton penalty.All Barum had to show for the work were three penalties and a drop-goal from Ben Brownscombe.Tiverton come out firing in the second half and kept Barnstaple on the back foot.With the pressure came penalties and Tiverton's kicker knocked over two more to cut the deficit to 12-9.Finally Barnstaple found some space on the left. After good play by Mark Redrup, James Owen went over for his first try in senior rugby.Tiverton came back hard and knocked over another penalty. With all to play for, Tiverton were now dominating and looked more likely to take the win.With time running out, and Tiverton camped on Barnstaple's line, only committed defence kept the Reds ahead.The Reds are away to Newton Abbot this Saturday.l SOUTH Molton came a cropper at Honiton, where they went down 19-5.Molton drew first blood with a try in the corner by Tom Smale.By half time it was 7-5 to Honiton - and that's how it stayed up to the hour mark. Then Honiton pulled away, scoring two tries to send South Molton home empty handed.South Molton visit Topsham this Saturday.www.northdevon.gov.uk