BARNSTAPLE Colts proved too strong for Honiton in a re-arranged Merit Table game, running out 36-19 winners at All Hallows. The game was played in a biting wind and started in a snow flurry - so much for Spring having arrived! Barnstaple opened the scorin

BARNSTAPLE Colts proved too strong for Honiton in a re-arranged Merit Table game, running out 36-19 winners at All Hallows.The game was played in a biting wind and started in a snow flurry - so much for Spring having arrived!Barnstaple opened the scoring after six minutes when Ciaron Lishman touched down out wide after the centres carved through Honiton's defence. Barum repeated the move soon afterwards with full-back James Owen scoring. Tristan Lincoln-Gordon converted to make it 12-0. Barnstaple appeared to be in control of the match without ever getting out of first gear and added another try through Owen.However, Barum relaxed too much allowing Honiton's forward to drive over for a try before half time.Barnstaple made changes during the interval and started the second half strongly. Centre Lee Ryan scored after five minutes with Lincoln-Gordon converting the try. Ross Williamson, playing as a replacement flanker, scored his first try since joining the team. Tom Pearce converted. Injuries to two of Barnstaple's front-row players resulted in uncontested scrums being played.Honiton came back into the match with two tries scored by their large forwards. In between the two Honiton scores was one by Barum's Alastair Crombie.Barnstaple's backs always looked too sharp for Honiton, with centre and captain Lee Ryan having a good game. Barum's Man of the Match was Williamson for a fine display in a new position.