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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another National Two South home fixture where the Chiefs will be taking on Bristol's very own Clifton, we extend a warm welcome to Clifton and trust their players, coaches, Committee members and supporters who have travelled down to North Devon will have a great day with us today and enjoy some excellenty rugby
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today’s game Slee Blackwell Solicitors. Your continued support for this club has been massive and of huge importance in helping us reach the heights we have and long may it continue.
Well it was a tough weekend last week for the Chiefs down at Chinnor. Missing Captain Winston James, Matt Gohl, Bry Jenkins, James Starkey and Jordan Petherbridge, it was always going to be a tough ask to get anything from the game and so it proved as Chinnor, one of the favourites to win the league this season, ran riot at home and walked away with a comfortable win.
Today's opponents have also had a tough start to the season losing their first 3 games. However with a number of seasons under their belt at this level that was not going to last and last weekend they beat Canterbury at home 25-20.
As a bonus for today Barnstaple Chiefs and Clifton are also playing for the John Budd Cup, in memory of John Budd who played for both clubs. John began his playing career here at Barnstaple during the early 1960's when he was working here. Visiting Barnstaple rugby club one day and having never played rugby before he struck a deal with the lads that if they taught him how to to play rugby he would teach them how to play spoof a drinking game, darts and bar billiards. John then went on to play for the Seconds and then the 1st Team before being transferred to Bristol where he played for Clifton 1st XV and captained their Seconds.
Barnstaple and Clifton played a number of times for the John Budd Cup before they started playing in different leagues when the Seconds of both teams took over the challenge. The last known match was in 1993 where it is alleged that Barnstaple 2nds won it. So its up to the Chiefs today to retain the John Budd Cup and i expect everyone here today to make their voices heard as we roar Barnstaple to success. Good luck to both teams today and we will lift a glass at the bar to remember a larger than life character who is fondly remembered by those who knew him.
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Subscription Reminder
Can I remind those that have not renewed their Membership Subscriptions for this season to do so at their earliest convenience please and to welcome applications from any newcomers who may want to join us. Application forms are available from behind the bar, our website under "our club" then "documents" and in the main program on page 60. To make the process seem less painful, payments can be made by bank card at the bar.
Hopefully by the time you read this you will have been "invited" by our gate entry volunteers to take part in the Matchday Draw. The new ticket format replaces the old cloakroom type that has caused some confusion at times in deciding if you have a yellow one or a buff one!
Thanks to the sponsorship of Carb Cycles you can now buy a ticket that clearly states your number making it easier for you and the sellers.The cost is the same at £1 and you can buy as many as you like. The draw will take place at half time with the cash prizes available immediately from the bar.
Best of luck and remember, if you aint in you cant win!
Thanks for your support.
The colts have had a really good start to the season with winning all their games so far beating Exeter Sar 36-10 and then Sidmouth could not raise a side so they had an away walk over, to follow up with beating Exmouth last week 7-14. This week they have gone down to play Crediton so we wish them the best of luck.
Next week they were meant to be playing Honiton but they have had to pull out of the league due to being unable to raise a side,
On the 15th October they will make the small trip to Okehampton and then they will be Home on the 22nd when they host South Molton
The Juniors have a large number of children join us again this year, which is great for the future of the club.
U16's so far have drawn against Exeter Sar 29 all and lost to both Ivybridge and Torquay in the 1st part of the league, they now have a few weeks of friendly games starting with Okehampton tomorrow moring at home with a 11.45 KO,
U15's and U14's were both meant to start their pathway to the Junior Devon cup last week, but both Bideford U15's and Teignmouth U14's pulled out as they could not raise a team. Which puts them in to the next round. Which will mean the U14's will be going to Topsham and the 15's will host Okehampton both on the 6th November.
Barnstaple v Clifton: 01 10 16
October dawned, a new month, a new autumn season and a reminder that winter is approaching as the storm clouds swept in from the west. Pez’s Ponderings programme notes quoted Aristotle and Leo Buscaglia in philosophical style. Such portents heralded a new direction for Barnstaple Rugby as they recorded their first victory of the season and their first win in National 2 League South.
A passionate and vocal crowd roared, stomped, stamped and cheered their heroes as, in a dramatic finale, Barum held out against tough Bristol opposition and took some welcome points and hoisted themselves off the bottom of the table.
It had not begun so encouragingly. Missing several first team regulars including captain Winston James, scrum half James Bath, No.8 Matt Gohl and lock Bryn Jenkins, Barum had begun facing the wind and on the back foot. Clifton enjoyed all the early exchanges keeping the home side pinned in their own half and making it hard for them to break from the 22. A 0-3 lead from the inevitable offside penalty was the catalyst for a sequence of sustained pressure from the visitors. This lead to a barrage of phases which Barum held for some minutes until the maul was finally brought down. Yellow card for Rob Dugard, penalty try and 0-10.
As the crowd braced themselves for the inevitable and another lesson in National rugby, Barum turned the tables by seizing the initiative with two quick scores. The first was a candidate for try of the season when Jake Murphy danced through the line and found Luke Berry out wide. The Barum winger was caught and hauled down but Murphy and JP continued the move through a series of rapid offloads which created space for Linford to burst through and touch down: 7-10.
Backed by spectators in good voice and with their tails up, Barum forced another penalty with which Will Topps found touch. Catch, drive and a huge maul scattering the Clifton pack. Penalty try, another yellow for the visitors this time and, incredibly, a 14-10 lead for Barnstaple.
Another burst from Will Topps almost saw Barum through but Clifton’s mighty pack were soon shoving the reds backwards and got camped on the line. As the game was punctuated by a dozens of stoppages, the away team lost momentum and could not break through. Barum’s incredible defence cost them a second yellow though as Ashley Crouch was sent to cool off when yet another maul collapsed.
Despite being a man down Barum restarted with vigour and JP soon had another three points in the bag with a penalty for 17-10. But now the visiting forwards stole line out ball and shunted the scrums in their favour so a heroic defensive shift was required from the Barum side. Step forward Mike Peek, Ollie Mason, Nat Bayet, Ben Hilton and Matt Hague who hit everything on the gainline and refused to buckle. Strenuous mobility and strength from their own front row boys bolstered the Barum defensive line and somehow they held most of what was thrown at them.
On several occasions the home side thought they had won turnover ball but, unfortunately, a succession of penalties pinned them back. Eventually the muscular efforts of Clifton’s pack paid dividends as they forced a further penalty try and yet another yellow for Barum. Front row replacements came and went for the scrums as both teams strove for advantage. A referee who was very strict on infringements at the maul, any backchat and minor discrepancies, dished out five yellow cards in total, four of them to Barnstaple. Stoppages and replacements ate into the time and disrupted the match flow significantly. This may have worked to Barum’s advantage as they were competing with 14 men for half the match and committed to a superhuman tackling shift.
A couple of clearance kicks from Pez pinged perfectly into touch with the accuracy of an Andy Murray backhand down the line. Winning a turnover lineout the red forwards swarmed into position. Despite a relentless chain of scrums, resets and penalties they eventually muscled over for the lead, beautifully converted from touch by JP, Ben Hilton making the deserved and decisive touch down under the bodies.
There was still time for Clifton to force their way over in the corner but, importantly, no penalty try and a touchline conversion needed. A roar of delight demonstrated the crowd's relief as the kick went wide.
So to the finale with nearly 120 minutes timed for an 80 minute rugby match, surely a record. Somehow Barum hung on hurling themselves into contact and finally winning some turnover penalties. An extraordinary match, closely competed and an effort from the Barum players that deserved reward for their astonishing work, their team spirit and camaraderie and determination to battle proudly in this league against some very strong rugby teams.