Barnstaple’s single try is enough to overcome Old Redcliffians

Barnstaple won 7-5 at Old Redcliffians to open up a six-point lead at the top of the National Three South West table.

Matt Gohl scored the Barnstaple try and Luke Berry converted to give Barum a win that was worth more than it appears at first glance.

The two sides immediately below Barum lost – Reds were one of them, Brixham the other – so missing out on a bonus point didn’t really matter.

Former director of rugby Kevin Squire, newly installed as chairman of rugby at Barum after a two-year break, said it wasn’t pretty but that didn’t matter.

“Sometimes you win ugly and by making fewer mistakes that is what we did,” said Squire.

“Away from home at a notoriously sloping pitch with a gale blowing down it, I will take 7-5 every time.

“Reds had chances with kicks to win it at the end, but didn’t take them.

“They also knocked-on twice going for push-overs. No one can say they didn’t have opportunities.

“We got the result our performance deserved.”

Barnstaple also picked up a couple of injuries, which they could probably have done without.

Veteran prop Mark Berry and No.8 Chris Lowrie both picked up knocks that may rule them out against fourth-placed Lydney at home this Saturday.