Barnstaple are on duty at Pottington Road for the first time this season on Saturday when Bracknell are the visitors.

Two away games one after the other – Weston then Bournemouth – represented a tough start to the new South West Premier season.

Skipper Winston James and his players will relish being back at Pottington in front of sizeable home support.

“There is no better place to be than Pottington Road,” said James. “No one likes travelling to our place.”

James and the team will be aiming to put on a show for their followers that is better than the 38-24 defeat at Bournemouth last Saturday.

James said to get in contention and stay there, Barum will have to play better than they did at Chapel Gate.

“We underperformed massively, no doubt about it,” said James.

“Bournemouth are a good side and are going to be up there, but are not unbeatable. We played better sides than them regularly all last season.

“We made too many silly mistakes and away from home you just can’t do that.

“What we were not happy with was the sloppy tries we conceded.

“There was not a lot that went too well for us, but we did have the edge in the line-out and when we put some phases together we looked dangerous.

“Bracknell at home this Saturday is a chance to show what we are really about.”

Barum had plenty to do against Bournemouth after falling 14-0 down and by half time they trailed 21-10. Jake Murphy converted a penalty and Will Topps try for Barum.

Barum got a second try back through prop Kevin Angell, who scored a third with seven minutes left on the watch. A fourth one for the bonus point and a possible losing bonus point too eluded them.