Barnstaple RFC
28th Nov 2015
Todays match sponsors
  • SWM & Waste Recycling Ltd
  • Barricane Solutions

League table

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What's coming up

Date Event
29th November 2015 U16's V Devonport 12pm ko
29th November 2015 Juniors V Exeter Youth 11am ko
5th December 2015 Development XV V Cullompton
6th December 2015 U16's V EXETER SARs 1130am KO
12th December 2015 Chiefs V Old Centralians 2PM ko

Welcome to Pottington Road

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another octane fuelled National 3 Southwest clash as league leaders Barnstaple Chiefs welcome 4th place Hornets. We extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee members and supporters, we hope you have an enjoyable day here at Pottington Road. Apologies for the confusion about kick off times but today's game will start at 2.30pm and not 2pm as advertised on the website. All the home games in December, January and February will, however, be 2pm starts due to the poor light.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for today's game SWM and Barricane Solutions for your continuing support which is hugely appreciated by the club and fans alike. We hope you enjoy a classic game today.

Well it had to happened sometime and The Chiefs five game winning streak was finally ended at Bournemouth last weekend. By half time Bournemouth were leading 11-0 but a second half try by James Bath converted by Luke Berry brought Barnstaple right back in it and with a bit of luck they might have won this fixture, but the bounce of the ball went Bournemouths way and two more tries from them sealed a 23-7 win. With 10 first team players out injured it was a good performance from the Chiefs unfortunately picking up more injuries including prop Kevin Angell. On a more positive note Ryan Carter started for the first time since a hernia operation and had a good game which will only improve with more game time.

This now leaves The Chiefs only two points clear of second place Brixham with Exmouth making it a Devon sweep of the top three places in the league. With today's opponents only four points behind there is absolutely no let up this year as only seven points separate the top 7 teams.

The Hornets come to Pottington Road today looking to reverse their fortunes from last seasons game where Barnstaple were comfortable winners. They do this with the confidence of a three game winning streak and the chance to overtake us if they can get a result here today. We know how good they can be and will need to be on top of our game today.

A much depleted injury hit Development XV went to Plymouth last week and playing in atrocious conditions were unable to overcome either a thunderous hail storm or Devonport losing the game 15-0. They look to reverse their fortunes next at home to Okehampton on December 5th.

Weather permitting i'm looking forward to another great game of rugby today. Good luck to both teams and i will catch with you all at the bar afterwards.


Todays team

Barnstaple RFC
1. Hornets
2. James STARKEY
4. Adam LLOYD
Nathaniel BAYET
6. Nathaniel BAYET
James BATH
9. James BATH
12. Ryan CARTER
15. Will TOPPS

Replacements & Officials

  • 16. Brad DREW
  • 17.
  • 18. Thomas (TJ) HYAM
  • Referee: Kevin WILLIAMS
  • Touch Judges: Trevor EDWARDS,
3. Ashlee CROUCH
Winton JAMES
7. Winston JAMES
Winton JAMES
11. Winston JAMES


  • 1. Sonny HAINES
  • 2. Chris FRANCIS
  • 3. Connor BAKER
  • 4. Courtney HARRIS
  • 6. Dexter NETTLETON
  • 7. Kade DILLON
  • 8. Matt PARKER
  • 9. Sean DISNEY
  • 10. James LETHERBY
  • 11. Charlie CARTER
  • 12. Adam FRANCIS
  • 13. Rob DEMPSEY (c)
  • 14. Jermaine JONES
  • 15. Joe GADD


  • 16. Kieran WARD
  • 17. Joe SMITH
  • 18. Conor LITTLEWOOD
Christmas Lunch



Steven PERRYWelcome all,

Great to be back home in front of the Pottington Road faithful, and looking forward to hearing you in full voice this afternoon.

Bournemouth away was a bit of a mixed bag. We had good field position and possession but couldn’t find a way to put points on the board. Just seemed to be one of those days where a few too many players didn’t play particularly well…an opportunity missed perhaps.

Today will be a tight affair I’m sure, so it will come down to who does the simple things well and is clinical in the red zone.

I’m looking for an improved performance on last week, especially our backline. We have huge proven talent throughout the side, we just have to believe in our ability.

Thanks for your continued support

Junior Section 

Featuring Barnstaple U8's who we would like to Welcombe here today 

The U8s (otherwise known as the big red machine) have 23 players registered and more on the waiting list. Coaches Jonny Bowden, Jeremy Chugg (club legend), Joe Caley, Jon Limer and Gareth Hookway train the kids every Sunday. The team were unbeaten last season at the Under 7s Devon tournament at Ivybridge and came away with a trophy from the Westcoast Festival of Rugby. Progress thsi season is continuing with players making great strides in their development. The players are going on tour to the Leicester Tigers Rugby Festival in May. This week the team have found out that they have been successful in winning the AEG grassroots rugby competition which will provide the team with a full set of Canterbury kit, a top of the range washing machine for the club and gives them the opportunity to win a training session with Will Greenwood. Quita Chugg (Team Co-ordinator) said "The team and club will benefit greatly by this win. The players are great friends and despite their young age are very committed to their rugby. This was clear to the judges who chose us out of hundreds of entries." We would like to wish them all the best for the rest of the season. 

28th Nov 2015

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