BARNSTAPLE upped their game in the second half to avoid a whitewashing away to unbeaten Old Patesians in National Three South West. Barum showed tremendous spirit to only lose 39-12 having been 34-nil adrift going into the second half. The visitors were h

BARNSTAPLE upped their game in the second half to avoid a whitewashing away to unbeaten Old Patesians in National Three South West.

Barum showed tremendous spirit to only lose 39-12 having been 34-nil adrift going into the second half.

The visitors were handicapped by the loss, after six minutes, of hooker Leon Incledon for a yellow-card breakdown infringement.

In that 10 minute spell Old Pats ran in four tries which had the game decided by the end of the first quarter.

Barum's resolve in the second half was there for all to see as they responded with a try for replacement winger Winston James.

A penalty try followed which James converted before Old Pats had the last say with a breakaway score.

Kevin Squire, Barnstaple's director of rugby, was proud of his players afterwards saying: "We played really well in the second half, the response from the players was tremendous.

"It was always going to be hard there, it was a pity not to get something for all our efforts.

"We showed good character and hopefully we have learned something from the game."

Barnstaple are at home to Oxford Harlequins this Saturday.

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BARNSTAPLE U14s put their disappointing start to the season behind them to earn a deserved 17-7 win at Tavistock.

Tavistock went 7-0 up in the first two minutes. But Barum turned on the pressure and with some hard hitting tackles by Sean Davies, Theo Seel Kent, Alex Hammett and Sam Dunbaven and runs by Kieron Morgan, Joe Dimelow, Reece Morgan and Elliott Howard the team sealed their victory.

Tries were scored by Jacob Nash, George Conway and Dimelow. The only conversion was made by Liam Ellis. George Conway was Man of the Match.