Williams helps win it for U16s

Joseph Bulmer

IWAN Williams scored one try and set up another to help Barnstaple U16s to a 21-13 win at Crediton.

It was first blood to Crediton from a penalty kick in front of the posts. But Barnstaple had the lion’s share of possession and territory in the first half with the team having their life made a little easier due to the hosts kicking away possession on many occasions.

Midway through the first half Williams had a magical moment when he chipped the ball through the rushing back line and collected ito slide over the line for the first try of the game. A couple of minutes before half time the Barnstaple pack exerted pressure, which turned into a penalty 10 metres out. It was tapped to Sam Roach, who bulldozed over the line with three players hanging onto him to score a try in the corner and a 14-3 lead.

Crediton came back in the second half and scored a try in the corner from some good pick-and-drive play. Williams then showed another flash of brilliance. He stepped inside his opposition fly-half then popped the ball off to Scott Warren, who ran under the posts with a couple of players trying to prevent him grounding the ball.

Barum were 21-8 up, but the game far from over.

Another forward-engineered try from Crediton, again in the corner, made for an uncomfortable last 10 minutes. There was some shining lights in the Barnstaple side with Josh Beech, Rob Jewell, Rory Slee and Alec Hume all having good games. Man of the Match went to captain Warren who put in a good performance with all three conversions kicked, good kicking under pressure out of hand, some direct running, a try and good work in defence.