BARNSTAPLE Colts put thier defeat at Brixham behind them with a 7-3 win over visiting Paignton.

Barnstaple had the lions’ share of possession and territory and may have scored more tries had their handling skills had been a little better.

Man of the Match went to Charlie Bishop, who showed off his handling and running skills and made few errors.

Other good performers were Ollie Sanders, Will Copp with his hard running. T J Hyam had a good afternoon at scrum-half, Dan Barratt and Billy Teape showed encouraging skills.

Paignton kicked a penalty to lead 3-0 at half time.

A high penalty count was a constant problem for Barnstaple through the match.

After a lengthy spell of pressure in the Paignton half, pack leader Matthew Phillips went in wide out and Dan Barratt knocked over a touch line conversion to finish the scoring.

BIDEFORD U15s’ off-loading, support play and pace eventually told in a 38-5 win over a determined Okehampton side.

Bideford played well in the first half withgreat interplay between backs and forwards resulting in tries from Josh Lindo, Micheal Smith, and Sean Pett.

Okehampton pressured the Bideford line but were unable to break their defence.

Bideford started slowly in the second half and poor decision making put them on the backfoot.

Bideford regained their composure and scored tries through Michael Smith, Joe Ashton-Burke and Seb Sanders. Billy Cockwill kicked four of the six conversions.

Okehampton never gave up and were rewarded with a well earned try late in the game.

BARUM U16s played a combined South Molton-Bideford team in a friendly which they won 51-0.