BARNSTAPLE need to make some rapid adjustments if they are going to get away from the bottom of South West One. Barum are three off the bottom after their latest setback, a 34-20 defeat away to Chippenham, who were below them going into the latest batch o
BARNSTAPLE need to make some rapid adjustments if they are going to get away from the bottom of South West One.Barum are three off the bottom after their latest setback, a 34-20 defeat away to Chippenham, who were below them going into the latest batch of fixtures.After two seasons of unmitigated success, leading to promotion both times, Barum are back in the division they regard as their spiritual home. Staying there looks like being harder than getting there."Most of the players in this side are only used to winning, so losing in hard to take," said head coach Kevin Squire."The effort and commitment can't be faulted and we are playing really well at times."What we aren't doing is playing well enough to win games and that has to stop."Losing can become a habit, just like winning, and we need to start picking up some points now before we end up any deeper in the mire."There wasn't much in it until the later stages of the first half when Chippenham went from 14-15 down to 26-15 up.A try on the hour took the game away from Barnstaple and a late revival came too late to change the outcome. Ian Wilson, Mark Galliford and Paul Scheres were the try scorers with Max Venables kicking the goals.l Barnstaple's second string consolidated their place at the top of the Merit Table with a 60-0 win over Sidmouth.The young side, with returning senior squad players, took Sidmouth apart in every facet of the game. Try scorers were Max May, Ross Hamilton (2), James Owen, Brad Webb, Chris Jenn, Matt Slee, Adrian Kingdom and Martin 'Big H' Elkins. Ben Brownscombe knocked over one penalty and four conversions and Neil Giddy marked his return from injury with two second half conversions.