Barnstaple’s director of rugby Kevin Squire won’t be losing too much sleep over the 33-17 home defeat by unbeaten National Three South West leaders London Irish Amateurs.

Barum were only 12-10 down at the break, but faded a little in the second half.

“I don’t like losing, but they were better than us, more athletic and good value for their win,” said Squire.

“We gave it everything and I can’t ask any more.

“There were moments in the first half when we might have done more with our chances – and had we been ahead at half time you never know what might have happened.

“Their coach paid us the compliment of saying we were the hardest side they have played this season.”

The Irish went 14-3 up in a hurry thanks to converted tries from George Owen and Lawrence Price.

Josh Squire kicked an early penalty for Barnstaple, then converted a Will Topps try which started off life as a Ben Vellacott break out.

Owen and Price scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half as Irish killed the game as a contest.

Barum got a try back when skipper Winston James rolled off a maul and over the line, but Irish had the last word through Tom Eastham.

Barnstaple are away to lowly Maidenhead this Saturday.

Hat-trick trio

CHRIS Snell, Sam Olde and James Buckland all scored try hat-tricks as Bideford dismantled Penryn 70-0 at King George V in the Western Counties Division.

Bideford had a point to prove after their mishap at Okehampton last time out, when they let a 27-0 lead get away from them and could only draw.

“Someone was going to get it after what happened at Okehampton – and it happened to be Penryn’s unlucky day,” said Bideford team manager Dave Harris.

“It was pretty clinical at times and is the sort of performance we are going to need at St Austell this Saturday.”

Picking out individual tries from the 11 scored wasn’t easy, although Harris had Snell’s hat-trick try from half way following a Paul Thomas break high on his list.

South Molton seven

SOUTH Molton are in fine form and it showed as they ran in seven tries against Okehampton 2nd XV in a 41-24 win.

When No.8 Dan Smith is on form he is a hard man to stop and Okehampton struggled to contain him as he ran in a hat trick.

Courtney Lucas also had a good game scoring two tries while Ross Crang and Luke Doyle also crossed the whitewash for the North Devon side.

Steven Ayres added three conversions and while Okehampton had their moments they ended up well beaten by the visitors.

South Molton head for Totnes this Saturday.

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Torrington, who had no game on Saturday, return to Devon One action with a trip to Topsham.

Ilfracombe are without a game in Devon Two.

Harsh lesson

BIDEFORD Nomads learned a harsh lesson from their away fixture with South Molton IIs, losing 55-5 to a fitter more disciplined team that had them on the back foot for long periods.

The high tackle count had the visitors making earlier replacements than they would have wished and this led to many suffering exhaustion well before the finish.

That they were not totally over run was testament to their attitude and refusal to roll over, led yet again by the commitment from Mitch Barclay who tackled from the first minute to the last.

Wing Darren Peacock bagged the Nomads only try early in the second half.

Nomads stuck to it and after early setbacks began to compete in the scrum and lineout with Richard Squire and Toby Richards always in the thick of the action and Shaun Woodhead stepping in to the vacant No.9 position with a lively display supported by Troy Hicks and Ben Shugar.