BARNSTAPLE director of rugby Kevin Squire was at his chirpy best after the 44-3 win at far away Amerham & Chiltern.
Squire was hugely critical of the team’s patchy performance in the win over Exmouth seven days earlier, so was pleased his criticisms had been taken on board.
“Our poor decision making, the high penalty count and all the little things players were told about one-to-one were just about dealt with,” said Squire. “Our error count was down into single figures and all those things added together made a huge difference.”
Barum had to take the lead twice, but once ahead for the second time there was no catching them.
After an early trade of penalties – Josh Squire for Barum, Jim Dye for Amersham – it was all one-way. By half time Luke Berry had dashed over for a try and Winton James cashed in on the end of some phased play for a second. Squire converted both.
A Squire penalty two minutes after the break put Barum 20-3 up. Any Amersham hopes of a comeback were thwarted by a try each in quick succession for Sam Roberts and Johnny Carter. Barum kept playing to the end and were rewarded with further tries in the last five minutes for Nigel East and Neilson Webber.
Barnstaple entertain newly promoted Old Redcliffians on Saturday.
TORRINGTON weren’t at their best against Liskeard-Looe and it showed in a 15-5 defeat.
The Lions of Liskeard led from the first few minutes when Tony Powell potted a penalty.
Andy Shear threaded his way through for a try that Powell converted for 10-0 at the break.
Torrie did get on the board with a push-over try credited to No.8 Mike Wigley.
But Shear had the final word when he scuttled over for his second try.
Torrington hit the road to Newquay Hornets on Saturday.
SOUTH Molton make the long trip to Salcombe on Saturday to open their Devon One programme.
Ilfracombe get up and running in Devon Two by welcoming Old Technians to Brimlands.