BARNSTAPLE are through to the semi-finals of the Rhino Devon Senior Cup following an 18-3 win at Newton Abbot. Barum coach Kevin Squire didn't think the game reached any great heights, but was happy to put one over on his former team-mate Phil Burford, wh
BARNSTAPLE are through to the semi-finals of the Rhino Devon Senior Cup following an 18-3 win at Newton Abbot.Barum coach Kevin Squire didn't think the game reached any great heights, but was happy to put one over on his former team-mate Phil Burford, who is head coach at Newton Abbot.Squire is also eager to get to grips with semi-final opponents Paignton after the long-running saga of last season's quarter-final that never was between the two teams.Barum declined to play at Queens Park when they travelled there for a Sunday game, claiming the pitch was unfit. Numerous attempts to rearrange the game failed before Devon awarded the tie to Paignton by default."Paignton away could be a banana skin for us as they are going well in the division below," said Squire of the Western Counties leaders."But we are looking forward to the chance to balance the books out after what happened last year."On the win at Newton Abbot the Barum coach said: "It was an awful game - I didn't enjoy it at all."When the ball was moved to the backs both sides looked useful, only we were a bit more useful than they were."Newton didn't seem to have a game plan, whereas we had done our preparation work and made sure we had created space to get overlaps going."Barum had defended solidly to keep Newton out for the first half hour, then began to assert themselves. They were rewarded with a corner try from Matt Slee; on the end of move from clean line-out ball.Further pressure saw Barum No.8 Dan then grab a second try from a short-range turnover.Just as it looked Newton's first-half efforts would be unrewarded, fly-half Ben Scott landed a penalty with the last kick of the first half.Scott could have narrowed the gap soon after the resumption with a penalty but missed and had to watch his opposite number Neil Giddy put Barum further ahead with a 30-metre penalty three minutes later.Barum scrum-half Dan Frost put the tie beyond doubt with a try 10 minutes from time.Barnstaple return to South West Two action on Saturday when Camborne visit Pottington Road.l Barnstaple U14's had two victories, the first over a Derby touring team.Barnstaple struggled in the first half against a bigger pack. Derby scored two tries in the first half with a reply from James Reeves, converted by Jamie Overton. Derby found the second half harder as Barnstaple fought to maintain a record against touring teams of only two defeats in five years.Reeves scored another try, converted by Overton , before Linford Brock scored out wide for a fine 19-12 victory.Sunday saw Barnstaple beat Crediton 19-0. Reeves scored early on in the left corner. Max Curtis added a conversion.Barnstaple scored again just before half-time with Linford Brock collecting his own kick ahead to score on the right. Overton's converted. The second half saw little between the teams with both tackling well until Brock scored again near the end with a run past four players.Barnstaple U13s won a fast-and-furious game against Crediton.Barum were a little too quick for Crediton as they ran up a 74-7 victory.The strength in depth of the U10s was shown with two away fixtures being played. One squad went to South Molton and played two games with honours shared. The first match was won 45-10 and the second lost 15-50. The try scorers were Nick Evans, Charlie Brown (2), Eric Ridd (7), Alfie Pennyfield and Jordan Ramsden. Another squad made a trip up the M5 to Gordano near Bristol, where they played a very organised and well-drilled side. Barum narrowly lost 15-10 to the Gordano first string, with try scorers being Robert Squire and William Swales. In a second game the Gordano second string were overwhelmed with Barum winning 50-0 with tries coming from Squire, Swales, Will Knill (3), Tom Clark (4) and Jack Cloke.