Late Williamson try seals bonus point win for Barnstaple

Toby Williamson scored a late try to seal a bonus point for Barnstaple. Picture: Kelvin Parsons

Toby Williamson scored a late try to seal a bonus point for Barnstaple. Picture: Kelvin Parsons - Credit: Archant

Barnstaple kept the pressure on Exmouth in the race for the National Three South West with a bonus point win over Old Centralians.

Toby Williamson was dubbed the ‘new Nureyev’ by team chief Kevin Squire after Barnstaple’s 28-9 win away to Old Centralians.

Williamson pirouetted his way through the Centralians’ defence for two tries to keep Barum right behind Exmouth at the top of the National Three South West table.

Try number two in the dying moments of the game earned Barum the bonus point that keeps them level with Exmouth at the top of the table.

Exmouth remain top on points scored though and topped the total up with a 64-14 victory away at Old Patesians.

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Barum had to battle harder for their bonus point win and Squire singled out Williamson for special praise.

“Yet again when we needed something special, Toby came up with it,” said Squire.

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“Toby showed footwork and dexterity Nureyev would have been proud of to score both his tries.”

Barnstaple were top of the table until losing at home to Old Reds in mid-February let Exmouth go past them.

Barnstaple wobbled for a while, they drew at Lydney then struggled to beat Ivybridge and Bournemouth, so Squire is happy trailing Exmouth for the time being.

“It is going to come down to us and them at their ground on the last day of the season – nothing else matters now,” said Squire.

“After we lost to Old Reds we wanted to get back in a position where we knew we could still go up by winning at Exmouth on the last day of the season.

“We will be where we want to be, thanks to our own efforts and a little bit of luck.

“I doubt we would be having this conversation had Exmouth not lost to Old Centralians a couple of weeks ago. I am just glad we didn’t!”

Squire said Barnstaple supporters are already making plans for the showdown with Exmouth on April 23.

“We want to turn it into a home game,” said Squire.

“Trains, cars, coaches – anything that is going to Exmouth, we will be on it.

“What we want is to outnumber them on the touchline – and I think we can do it.”

Luke Berry put Barum ahead with a penalty then ran over for a try.

Cents got two penalties back, but Berry kept Barum ahead with a penalty that made the running tally 11-6.

Skipper Winston James was next to score for Barum, stealing over in a maul for 16-11 at half-time.

There was no further scoring until midway through the second half when Williamson scored a solo try.

Cents got one more penalty back, but at 16-9 down with minutes to play the game was over.

Williamson’s second try ensured a full house for Barum.

Barum are back at Pottington this Saturday for their last home game of the season to play relegated Old Patesians.

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