BARNSTAPLE will be out for revenge when they visit Exmouth this Saturday in their final National Three South West game.
For Barum are still smarting from their Devon Cup semi-final exit by the Cockles two weeks ago and want to put the record straight.
Barum would like to end the season on a better note than the one they are on at the moment after going down 8-5 to visiting Oxford Harlequins in a game of two halves.
“We were dreadful in the first half, but a lot better in the second,” said Barum’s director of rugby Kevin Squire.
“Coach Danny Thomas went ballistic at the players when they went in at half time and that seemed to get them focussed again.
“In the second half we were top of all the percentages – possession, territory, line-outs, scrums – but could not get the breakthough.
“There were times when we were not that smart, such as when they were down to seven forwards with five minutes to go and we were camped on their five-metre line.
“Three times they were penalised at scrum-time when we were pushing them back, the referee told them what would happen if they did it again, and instead of going for the shove we threw the ball out of the back and dropped it.”
There was no happy send-off for Barnstaple prop Phil Gordon in his final game before retirement.
Former captain Gordon was given a standing ovation by a 400-plus Pottington crowd after announcing his retirement – and a guard of honour on to the pitch by his team-mates..
Then it was down to business and in the first10 minutes the relegation-haunted visitors were 8-0 up.
First fly-half Matt Smith kicked a penalty, then Alex Powell crossed from a tap and go move.
Barum coach Danny Thomas had plenty to say in the half-time huddle, little of it complimentary.
Barum upped their game in the second half, but other than a Will Topps penalty on 46 minutes could to little about the outcome.