Young Barum’s defence wins the day

Joseph Bulmer

TIGHT defence was the key to Barnstaple Colts’ 10-3 win over Torrington in the North Devon derby.

The only score in a cautious first half was a drop-goal for Torrie by Barum old boy Pat Sanders.

Barum had impressed up front with James Hack, Sam Willoughby and Will Falkiner putting the Torrington pack under some real pressure.

In the second half Barum punters Scott Warren and Henry Meredith used the wind to pin Torrie in the corners.

Justin Southam caused havoc when Barnstaple used their hands.

Man of the Match Meredith broke the deadlock with a drop-gal kick that hit the cross bar then the inside of a post before it went over.

Barum upped the temp but failed to add to their tally until Meredith converted his own try.

A high penalty count and too many wrong options proved costly, something Barum won’t get away with against top-of-the-table Okehampton this Saturday.

Among many good performances, the work of Peter Keighley, Alex Priest, Michael Peek and Lee Casinelli stood out.

Torrington’s Connor Kendrew once again impressed with another good performance in the line-outs and around the park.