NEW coach Andy Gubb learned plenty about the team he has taken on when Barnstaple Colts lost 24-17 at Brixham in a non-league game. Gubb, used the opportunity to assess the potential of his squad by testing players in different positions. Afterwards, he w

NEW coach Andy Gubb learned plenty about the team he has taken on when Barnstaple Colts lost 24-17 at Brixham in a non-league game.Gubb, used the opportunity to assess the potential of his squad by testing players in different positions. Afterwards, he was full of praise for the team's performance. "I have seen enough to realise this group of players are highly talented and can back that up with the necessary spirit and determination to suggest that this could be a very successful season," he said. "Despite some early setbacks, the team stuck to their task and produced some very good rugby."Their mental attitude to the game was excellent, they were not prepared to give up and were in the ascendancy at the end."Brixham scored two tries, one of them converted, to go 12-0 up in the first six minutes.Barum showed their increasing maturity and determination, as they gradually clawed their way back into contention. They came back into the match with flanker Jamie Cheffings scoring before the break after a great catch and drive from a line-out. Barum's pack was beginning to dominate their opposite numbers. Unfortunately, injuries to all three props in the team during the first half resulted in uncontested scrums and Barum losing some of the momentum they had built up.Brixham scored twice in the second half. But Barum, with centre Johnny Carter filling in at flanker and with no recognisable props on the field, were not to be outdone. In the move of the match, Ross Williamson took the ball at pace from a scrum on his own line and galloped up the blind side to half way. The forwards secured quick ball for Carter to scythe through the midfield and find wing Dom Heap to score under the sticks. With minutes to go, scrum-half Ciaron Lishman created a gap from the base of a ruck, and galloped in from 30 yards to compete the scoring.Man of the Match was awarded to Barum captain Lloyd Slee, who has played in thesecond row recently, but produced a virtuoso performance at No.8.l TORRINGTON played an entertaining testimonial match to celebrate stalwart Fred Farmer's 60th birthday. Farmer, who has played for Torrie for the last 22 years, was amongst the try-scorers as his side put paid to the Club XV opposition. Craig Hooper added the conversion of his try to take a 12-5 victory. Club kicker Andy Manning could not improve on his side's points, missing a kick after 48-year-old hooker Paul Banfield took Torrington's only try.Farmer has almost certainly played his last game for Torrie as he is planning to emigrate to New Zealand shortly.