|Bury St Edmunds||28||10||1||17||629||774||-145||16||58|
|London Irish Wild Geese||28||7||0||21||620||906||-286||18||46|
|11th December 2016||Junior Rugby 11am ko|
|17th December 2017||1st V Redruth 2pm ko|
|26th December 2017||2nd V Bideford 11am KO|
|26th December 2017||3rd V Bideford 11am ko|
|7th January 2017||Colts V Crediton 2pm KO|
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another National 2 South fixture as The Chiefs play host to Henley Hawks who last visited Pottington Road in the Early 90's. We extend a warm welcome to their players, coaches, committee members and any supporters who have made the trip from the Thames Valley to be here today.
We would also like to show our appreciation and thanks to today's match sponsors Barry Hews Autos, Exmoor Heating and Alan Dart Groundworks whose support has been fantastic for our club and has enabled us to realise our ambitions.
So how are things as we approach the halfway point in National 2 South. Only 3 points separate the top 3 with Bishops Stortford looking really strong lately winning their last nine games including defeating Chinnor whilst their closest rivals have all dropped points. And whilst the mid table teams look fairly settled its all to play for down our end of the table where bonus points are likely to decide team's fates come the end of the season. There are only 4 points separating the bottom six with the exception of Exmouth who find themselves a further 7 points adrift.
The chiefs journey so far has been a mixed affair with a awful beginning having to face 3 of the top teams in our first 4 games and suffering heavy defeats as we struggled to find our feet. Slowly but surely, we did find our feet first with that magnificent first home win against Clifton, our first away points when we drew against Barnes and that awesome performance against Taunton which has left us not with just 4 wins already but the belief to push on for the 2nd half of the season with even more wins under our belt.
Today's opponents we last faced more than 20 years ago when they were coached by Clive Woodward who paved their way towards the national leagues with promotions in 92 and 94. Since then they have had a lot of experience at this level with spells in both National 1 and National 2 leagues more recently.
This season has been a mixed bag for Henley as well with only 5 wins so far and leaves them only 4 points ahead of The Chiefs and all to play for as both teams will be looking to end this half of the season on a high. So we need the Barum Army to be in good voice today, I want to hear the Barum roar fill the air today.
To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The more observant spectator will have noticed that the electronic scoreboard has not been well recently. Efforts have been made to correct the fault locally, but alas it has had to be returned to the manufacturers for a more detailed analysis, not an easy task when their base is in Andover and the unit needs four men to lift it.
Volunteers Jim Callaghan, with his trailer, and John Gammon came to the rescue and transported the scoreboard up the A303 on Tuesday. This meant driving for 8 hours, waiting there for a futher three hours while the work was being done, Then returning home very late, but this now means that we SHOULD have a functioning scoreboard. So a huge thanks goes to Jim and John for what was a mammoth effort on behalf of Barnstaple RFC.
Its revenge time next week as Redruth will be visiting Pottington Road and the return of Nelly Webber. Redruth are also organising transport for their fans to visit so this could be a corker of a game to finish the year with. So we need everyone here in FULL VOICE to drown them out.
Ruben Chugg has done it again, Last season he entered a photo of his team into a competition and won the club a washing machine and his team mates a set of shirts.
This season he entered a competition with Tony Pryce designing a rugby ball, with the help of all his friends and family his ball design was voted the best and has now been made along with a £100 voucher to spend in store.
Tony Pryce will be coming down in the new year to present the ball and vouchers but if you want to get a ball they are in stock in ALL the Tony Pryce Stores
Size 5 £13.00 Mini £6.00.
The colts will be starting their challenge to get to the Cup final next week when they play away against Exeter Youth, this will follow with
7th January 2017 – Home V Crediton 2pm KO
14th January 2017 – Away v Kingsbridge
21st January 2017 – Home V Newton Abbot 2pm KO
28th January 2017 – Away v Ivybridge
4th February 2017 – Home V Exeter Youth 2pm KO
11th February 2017 – Away V Crediton
18th February 2017 – Home V Kingsbridge 2pm KO
25th February 2017 – Away V Newton Abbot
11th March 2017 – Home V Ivybridge 2pm KO
We would like to wish them the best of luck and looking forward to a final at Sandy Park.
Under 9s having fun at Exeter chiefs
Barnstaple v Henley 10 12 16
A gloomy mid-winter day with low cloud, rain and relentless drizzle set the scene for this encounter between Barum and their Thames Valley visitors. The last time Barnstaple played Henley had been in the early nineties and a gap of 24 years saw both clubs finding it tough these days in the lower reaches of National League 4.
From the kick off the stage was set for a mud slog as the rain streamed down with little respite. Barum bravely tried to play their brand of running rugby but the conditions meant ball spilt regularly as both side grappled with the wet and damp pitch.
Just five minutes had passed when Henley fly half Joe Butler skipped past three tackles and was free. Only Will Topps stood between him and the home line. Butler chipped and just outpaced the Barum full back who had to turn before chasing. A brilliant individual try and equalled by the touch line conversion: 0-7.
Henley quickly realised that the weather conditions demanded a kicking game and looked to hoof Barnstaple back whenever possible. Inspired by man of the match Steve Perry, Barum soon took the hint and the Barum fly half put his own formidable boot to the ball as the baseline tennis rallies continued.
Finally it was the home team winning the territory battle and a midfield penalty led to the catch and drive in Henley’s 22. The maul was set. Both packs steamed in the winter mist like a cattle herd being driven in for milking. As the drive under the posts began, first Ryan Carter, then Jordan Petherbridge were held but Will Topps was on hand to scoop up the loose ball and go over: 7-7.
Now the crowd got behind their boys and rose to their feet as a break by Bryn Jenkins almost made the corner. Another catch and drive, several reset scrums and Barnstaple got their points as Bayet picked up from the back and sent JP over on the short side. The Barum number 9 converted his own good work from the clubhouse touchline: 14-7.
From the restart however Barum were unable to clear the ball and got forced back. A home scrum was turned against the head and now came serious line pressure as the Henley forwards built the phases. Eventually it was a penalty and catch and drive that saw them roll over in the mud for a score at 14-12, Philpott with the touchdown.
There was just time for Barum to win a penalty of their own before the break and JP duly did the honours for a 17-12 lead.
An optimistic crowd settled for the third quarter but Barum were soon back pedalling when a superb kick turned the backs and found touch in the corner. A series of quick phases in the pouring rain saw Henley forwards repeat their mauling power and drive over for the lead: 17-19.
End to end rugby as Will Topps chased a kick and won a penalty for being obstructed. Into the corner it went and Barum looked to spin the ball inside. Pez saw the rush defence coming, chipped through and Jake Murphy won the sprint behind the posts: 24-19. The scoring moment was soured for Barum as JP limped off with suspected ligament damage but Luke Berry came on to convert the try.
As the half progressed Perry’s booming kicks were keeping his team on the front foot and sustaining the pressure in the Henley half. A murky mist descended on the ground as Barum won another kickable penalty but it drifted just wide. Undeterred the Barum boys kept rolling and soon had another catch and drive opportunity in the far corner. This time Nat Bayet appeared through a crowd of bodies to stretch for the line. It took a moment for both players and spectators to realise he had scored: 31-19.
With time ticking and a bonus try point in the bag, Barum now had to consolidate. The red shirts chased their kicks hard, forcing errors from the defenders in tricky, sticky circumstances. Roared on by the 400 home faithful a counter attacking Henley maul in the 22 was repelled. Ryan Lee made a spectacular gallop and carry only to get pinged for not releasing when isolated. Back came the ball. Phases came and went between players now barely distinguishable in the mud. Trae Gosling was carded for ruck infringements and the Barum 14 could no longer hold the line. The away forwards crashed over and replacement Chamnoui got the score which meant the visitors could return with two bonus points.
A fantastic struggle in very challenging conditions, a fifth home win for Barum and credit to all players for managing so well in the conditions.