BARNSTAPLE didn’t get anything like what they were hoping for from their National Three South West trip to Old Patesians.
The Cheltenham side trounced Barum 35-7 with Ryan Carter scoring a consolation try for the losers, which Neil Giddy converted.
Barum’s Josh Squire only managed the first half before he left for hospital with what turned out to be a selection of cracked ribs.
Props Mark Berry and Phil Gordon limped round for most of the game carrying injuries that also look like ruling them out for some time.
Kevin Squire, father of Josh and Barum’s director of rugby, said it was a defeat that had to be taken squarely on the chin.
“I really thought we could take something out of the game the way we had been playing, but all we got were three serious injuries and a good hiding,” said Squire.
“The only little bit of good news is that my lad only has cracked ribs. The physios at the ground feared he may have ruptured his spleen.
“We have played 13 weeks straight through including pre-season and every match has been high intensity.
“This Saturday is a blank one and the players will make the best of it.”
Pats took a stranglehold on the game in a 10-minute spell midway through the first half when they went 15-0 up.
There was no let up for Barum in the second half as Pats took two more tries off them.
All Barum could manage in reply was a fine try by Carter, who had come on as a half-time replacement for the stricken Squire.
Lock John Childs needed patching up after sustaining a gashed mouth.