BARNSTAPLE’s director of rugby Kevin Squire was left fuming after his side’s 23-18 defeat by visiting Chinnor.
Chinnor may be second in the table behind leaders Bournemouth, who walloped bottom side Bridgwater 107-0, but Squire felt they were nothing special.
Squire would be the first to admit he is not a gracious loser at the best of times, but he found this defeat particularly hard to swallow.
“Chinnor didn’t win the game – we gave it to them,” said Squire.
“Without our mistakes they would have been no where near us. What makes me so angry is this was a game we should have won and didn’t.”
Barum left themselves too much to do after going 16-5 down in the first half.
The game started brightly for Barnstaple with busy flanker Winston James scoring from a line-out.
It was one-way the other way up to half time with Sam Stoop running in a try and James Cathcart kicking the conversion and three penalties.
Barum got the second half going with a brilliant try from Mark Galliford after running the ball out from behind their own posts. Josh Squire converted then got the deficit down to a point with a penalty.
Against the run of play Chinnor broke out to score through Matt Goode. Cathcart converted for 23-15.
Although Squire landed one more penalty, he missed a couple more that may have made a difference.
The Chiefs are away to Old Patesians this Saturday.
Barnstaple 2nd XV lost 45-0 to Cullompton in the Merit Table.
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JAMES Buckland winged in for a try hat-trick as Bideford thrashed St Ives 66-3 at King George’s
It got almost processional at times in the first half as Bideford stormed into a 33-0 lead.
Buckland got the first try, James O’Sullivan had two in a row and there were singles for Sam Olde and Chris Snell.
Ollie Wickett landed four first half conversions.
With the game won and lost already, it would have been easy for Bideford to switch off in the second half. They didn’t.
Five more tries followed as Bideford showed St Ives no mercy at all when in scoring positions.
After Buckland completed his hat-trick there were further tries for Snell, Lee Weston and James Starkey. Wickett converted four more.
Bideford make the short trip to Tiverton this Saturday.
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SOUTH Molton saw a 7-0 half time lead overturned as they went down 23-12 to Devon One leaders Wessex.
Jamie Stoneman converted an Andy Webber try to put Molton ahead.
Wessex steamed ahead after the break and a late try by Molton prop Trevor Woodman made no difference to the outcome.
South Molton travel to New Cross this Saturday.
Ilfracombe continued their impressive start to the season in Devon Two a 36-19 home win over Buckfastleigh, their fifth league win in a row.
The home side scored five tries on their way to victory with David Griffith, Jamie Johnson, Dan Brierley, Ben Ratcliffe and Harrison Perrin all crossing the whitewash.
Brierley notched four conversions and a penalty from Lewis Morgan-Russell completed the hosts’ scoring.
Ramblers made a game of it with a try in the first half from Darren Greep, converted by Steve Chapple who also added 12 points from penalty kicks as the visitors refused to lie down.
Ilfracombe make the long trip to Dartmouth.
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TORRINGTON, who lost 32-13 to Veor in the Cornwall & Devon Division, welcome Crediton to Donnacroft this Saturday.