BARNSTAPLE neatly sidestepped the banana skin in waiting at Bridgwater & Albion to beat the ailing Somerset side 34-7 in National Three South West.

Barum have come unstuck against lowly opposition on the road already this season – mention Chippenham to director of rugby Kevin Squire and he breaks out into a cold sweat – so nothing was taken for granted.

Two first-half tries from Toby Williamson pointed Barum in the right direction and they were never seriously challenged after that.

“We played some great rugby in the first half and didn’t fall into the same trap that tripped us up at Chippenham of taking anything for granted,” said Squire.

“Our backline grabbed the limelight for once and scored some cracking tries.

“Unfortunately, it got a bit punchy in the second half, which spoiled the game as a spectacle.

“Having said that, at this stage of the season I have to be happy with a bonus point win on the road.

Will Tops, who lists Bridgwater among his former clubs, was among the Barum try scorers on his ‘debut’ second time around.

The remaining tries were shared between Williamson (2), Winston James, Tom Skelding and Mark Galliford,

Barnstaple are at home to Cullompton this Saturday in the Devon Senior Cup first round.