IWAN Williams scored a try hat-trick as Barnstaple Colts won 33-13 at Topsham to just about secure third spot in the Devon Merit Table and a place in the play-offs.
Both sides were depleted and it was Topsham who started best with a penalty.
Barnstaple then took the lion’s share of possession and territory and made it count with some excellent continuity keeping the ball for several plays for Henry Meredith to loop round and score.
Tails up Barnstaple retained the ball for another long period. With the defence stretched Justin Southam put Williams over for a try.
It was then Ben Vellacott`s turn to go through the Topsham back line and side stepped his way to the posts to score a fine individual try.
Then Williams kicked through and gathered the ball to score a very well taken try.
Topsham added another penalty to trail 28-6 at half time.
The second half was more even with just one more Barum try for Williams to complete his hat-trick. Meredith converted four out of five tries,
Topsham never gave up and added a try in the last play of the game.
The Colts went into the game fresh from an 8-7 win over Sidmouth in a feisty affair.
Wing Reece Hopkins caught a chip from Meredith to put Barnstaple 5-0 up at half time.
Barnstaple, who started a man short then went down to 13 after prop James Hack went off, increased the lead with a Meredith penalty.
The game heated up when Sidmouth had one player sin-binned, another sent off for abuse and Barnstaple had a try disallowed on the say-so of the home side’s touch judge.
A forward drive brought a try for Sidmouth, which was converted. But the 13 men held on for victory.
Calum Sumners had a good game with his passing under pressure much improved and there were good performances from Scott Warren, Peter Keighley and Ryan Legg.
Matt Gohl was in good form around the park, Matt Phillips ruled the line out and Shaun East had the one of his best games of the season.