Two wins for Barnstaple youngsters

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE U16s got back to winning ways after meeting their Waterloo at Wellington seven days earlier when they trounced near neighbours South Molton 65-0.

An 11am kick-off on World Cup final day caused some availability issues and the team management were grateful to the U15 squad for filling in some of the gaps.

Barum started slowly by recent standards – it took five minutes for them to get ahead thanks to a try by Gareth Sloman – but once into the groove it was one-way stuff.

Sloman got another on 10 minutes – he finished with four in the match – and the conversion by Dom Thorne took it to 12-0.

Despite a certain loss of shape among the forwards, who started lining up behind the half-backs looking for glory, by half time further tries had been added for Man of the match Josh Simpkins, Ethan Paddon, Jacob Nash,Alex Hammett and Sloman. Thorne kicked three more conversions.

The second half saw much the same, although South Molton seldom made it easy.

The hard running of Sean Davies created chances for his Barum team-mates so his try was deserved.

Paddon got a second, Bradley Drew ran half the length of the pitch against his former club to score under the posts then Sloman scored his fourth and Barum’s 11th try of the match to wrap things up.

BARNSTAPLE U14s won 24-10 at Bideford in a closely contested and physical game.

Bideford pounced quickly through Hayden Morris, but Barum responded and got better as the match went on with some good passages of play.

Matt Symons scored and converted his own try for the visitors.

Bideford came out in the second half and scored through Josh Lindo.

The Barum boys rallied and kept up the pressure, keeping the ball alive and went on to score two more tries.

Exciting rugby was played by both sides with Barnstaple that bit better on the day.