Barnstaple RFC
15th Oct 2016
Bishop's Strotford
Bishop's Stortford
Todays match sponsors
  • Tony Pryce
  • Chichester Homes

League table

Team Pld W D L F A +/- B Pts
Bishop's Stortford 28 23 0 5 965 521 444 27 119
Old Elthamians 28 23 0 5 948 500 448 20 112
Chinnor 28 22 2 4 1040 495 545 20 112
Taunton RFC 28 18 3 7 839 665 174 21 99
Redruth 28 19 1 8 777 555 222 20 98
Cinderford 28 16 2 10 704 637 67 19 82
Redingensians 28 15 1 12 681 558 123 18 80
Canterbury 28 13 0 15 673 689 -16 17 69
Clifton 28 14 0 14 634 763 -129 12 68
Henley Hawks 28 11 1 16 691 787 -96 19 65
Bury St Edmunds 28 10 1 17 629 774 -145 16 58
Barnstaple 28 9 1 18 484 766 -282 12 50
Worthing 28 8 0 20 580 890 -310 15 47
London Irish Wild Geese 28 7 0 21 620 906 -286 18 46
Barnes 28 5 3 20 531 770 -239 19 45
Exmouth 28 3 1 24 542 1062 -520 15 29

Upcoming home fixtures

Date Event
22nd October 2016 Devlopment XV V Exmouth 2:30pm ko
22nd October 2016 Colts V South Molton 2:30pm KO
23rd October 2016 Junior Rugby
23rd October 2016 DAVE BUTT CUP FINAL 2:30pm KO
29th October 2016 1st V Worthing 2:30pm KO

Welcome to Pottington Road

2016-10-01-50.jpgGood afternoon everyone and welcome to another National Two South home fixture where today The Chiefs opponents, Bishops Stortford, have made the long trip from Hertfordshire to be here in sunny North Devon (hopefully). We extend a warm welcome to them and trust their players, coaches, Committee members and supporters who have travelled to North Devon will have a great day with us today and enjoy some excellent rugby

We would also like to thank our sponsors for today's game, Tony Pryce and Chichester Homes, 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.

What a great atmosphere we had at the last home game which saw Barnstaple record its first ever National 2 league win. There was some really hard crunching tackling and at times desperate defence but in between that was some great rugby which had the crowd on their feet and never have I heard Barum ring out so loud as at the final whistle that day

Then it was off to Reading to face some old friends of ours as The Chiefs took on Redingensians. Always a difficult fixture when together in National 3 last Saturday was proving to be the same. The first half was all Redingensians as The Chiefs incurred 2 yellow cards and let in 3 tries to go in at half time 19-3 down. That lead was extended to 26 - 3 at the start of the second half. Barnstaple then started the fightback with a Linford Brock run off loaded to Ryan Carter to score under the posts. A penalty try later and and a penalty kick looked like giving Barnstaple a losing bonus point but in the last play of the game the Reading club struck back to win 31-20.

The league is now starting to take shape with Chinnor and Old Elthamians both unbeaten while Taunton and Redruth are just below losing just one game apiece. Elsewhere in the league Exmouth are still to record a win which will make them a very dangerous opponent next week as The Chiefs travel to Exmouth to take them on. Kick off next week is at 2.30 so get there early to see what will be a brusing but fantastic derby match

Today's opponents Bishop's Stortford are in 5th place at the moment with four wins and two defeats under their belts and they have scored a lot of points already this season including a 55-0 home win against Clifton They will prove to be tough opponents today and will be a massive test for the lads.

Yet with the mighty Barum army in full voice I am sure The Chiefs will rise to the challenge as they did two weeks ago. Good luck to both teams today, lets have some great rugby and hopefully a beautiful sunny day before the real winter chill sets in.


Devon Merit Table 1

Team Pld W D L F A +/- B Pts
Okehampton 19 18 0 1 672 191 481 55
Exmouth 19 16 1 2 600 182 418 52
Barnstaple 19 15 0 4 640 265 375 45
Newton Abbot 21 10 2 9 544 415 129 43
Cullompton 21 11 0 10 425 425 0 43
Tiverton 21 10 0 11 418 510 -92 41
Ivybridge 20 14 0 6 619 295 324 40
Crediton 21 9 1 11 394 471 -77 40
Brixham 20 9 0 11 265 476 -211 34
Devonport Services 22 8 0 14 330 481 -151 30
Paignton 20 4 1 15 255 835 -580 29
Bideford 21 3 1 17 283 629 -346 23
Sidmouth 20 2 0 18 187 457 -270 11

So, with five wins out of six Barny two's find themselves at the top of Devon merit table one. With a great start to the season the only stumbling block was found on an away visit to Ivybridge. In fairness the loss was deserved as Barnstaple failed to follow and execute the game plan agreed at the start of the melee.

Wins against Devonport, Brixham, Sidmouth, Tiverton and Crediton have amassed 271 points while only conceding 72.

A real team identity has been generated under the leadership of Captain Ben Sharples whilst a strong training ethos has continued to reap rewards.

On home games the support from the club has been wonderful and this is hoped to continue through to a tough fixture against Exmouth on the 22nd of October. An away fixture to Bideford this weekend gives the two's an ideal platform consolidate victories leading into the Exmouth game.

Onwards and upwards.

Upcoming Events


Saturday 29th ­ - Ladies Lunch                                                                                                              We will be hosting our annual ladies, This will cost £20.00 for an amzaing 3 cousre meal day followed by a great game of rugby, When Barnstaple will take on Worthing, For more information please speak to Sandra or Lesley from Two cooks catering. 

Sunday 30th - ­ Halloween!!
Get the children dressed up and ready for a spooktastic afternoon with face painting!
1pm to 5pm, £3.00 entry.


Sunday 13th - Remembrance Sunday
Supporting and paying our respects. A glass of Rum for all service personnel.
Starts at 1pm.


Sunday 11th ­- Children's Christmas Party
5pm to 8pm, £5 entry

Saturday 17th ­ - Casio Royale
Have you got a license to thrill??!!
Starts at 7.30pm, entry £20 (Adults Only).

Saturday 31st - Family New Year’s Eve Party!
Starts at 7.30pm. Entry £5 for adults, £2 for children


To book into any of the above events please contact Lisa on 07725145781 /

Todays team

Rob Dugard
2. James STARKEY
Oliver MASON
4. Oli MASON
Ben Hilton
Nathaniel BAYET
6. Nathaniel BAYET
Nathaniel BAYET
8. Nathaniel BAYET
12. Ryan CARTER
Jake Murphy
13. Jake MURPHY
Linford BROCK
14. Linford BROCK
Linford BROCK
15. Linford BROCK


  • Linford BROCK (16)
    Max Faulkner
  • Ashlee CROUCH (17)
    LMC Management
  • Adam LLOYD (18)
    Mike Brend Ground Force
  • James BATH (19)
    Slee and Blackwell Solicitors
  • James BATH (20)
    Slee and Blackwell Solicitors
3. Kevin ANGELL
7. Kevin ANGELL
11. Will TOPPS

Bishop's Stortford

  • 1. Rory Young
  • 2. Declan Caulfield
  • 3. Sean Edwards
  • 4. Mark McCraith
  • 5. Matt Tomlinson
  • 6. Jacob Turner
  • 7. Dan Elsom
  • 8. Steve Ball
  • 9. Tom Banks
  • 10. Tom Coleman
  • 11. Jimmy Rea
  • 12. George Cullen
  • 13. Johnny Neville
  • 14. Nick Hankin
  • 15. Will Simmonds


  • 16. Seb Brownhill
  • 17. Tom McCrone
  • 18. Oli Jones
  • 19. Ryan Hutler
  • 20. Pier Dotta
  • 21. Player Name
  • 22. Player Name


  • Referee: Mr Ben RUSSELL
  • AR1: Mr Stephen HAMBLEY
  • AR2: Mr Mark DORAN

Club News

Chairmans Message:

We are truly blessed as a club to have some of the most fantastic supporters. Through good times and bad you, our knowledgable crowd, offer amazing support to the players and never more so than this season where you have recognised the scale of the challenge the squad face at National 2. It is clear though that this season so far has seen even greater levels of support.

The noise and atmosphere created at our last home game two weeks ago was something to behold by all present, the players valued it greatly and long may this continue, however if there was one disappointment it was the booing of the referee as he left the pitch.

I would therefore remind all present how important the core values of rugby are to us as a club as we strive to make an impact amongst the countries top 72 clubs. Please respect the officials, their job is a tough one and they won't always get everything right (who does!) but let's ensure we display that fantastic Barum spirit at all time by applauding off the pitch both sets of players and the officials with equal enthusiasm and respect.


Pez's Ponderings

Steven PERRYWelcome all,

I just want to firstly thank you for your continued support and the Barum Spirit that was created during our last home game, it was tremendous. We will endeavour to continually improve and give everything for the shirt, which is a necessity in such a high quality division. 

We have had a few injuries in the back 5 of the forward pack (Winston James, Matt Gohl, Scott Warren, Matt Hague and Bryn Jenkins). This has made me react and bring a few players into the club. Trae Gosling has joined us from Wellington until the end of December and Jake Child's has come in on loan from Taunton, please give them a warm welcome.

Our recent performances have been heartening. The Speed, Retention and Ruthlessness of the league have definitely given us clear focuses on our own game, which is improving weekly. The challenge today is exciting and I hope the boys meet it full on and do the simple things well. 





Dave Butt


We will be holding the final of the Dave Butt cup NEXT week, Sunday 23rd October 2016 2:30pm KO. Devon RFU have orgaised this in his honour, it has been running over the last couple of weeks with clubs from across Devon at level 6 and below.  Semi-finals are being played today.

It will cost £5 each to get in and we will be doing a raffle, The bar will be open from 12noon so come on down for an extra game and remembering a great MAN. 

Youth Rugby

The Colt have a small trip to Okehampton today for their 5 game in the Devon Colts League, At the moment they are top of the table winning all 4 of their games. They have scored 72 point and only had 27 points scored against them, We wish them all the best and next week they will be playing their 1st Home game v South Molton kicking off at 230pm. 


Tomorrrow they will be having their annual photo shot with all teams at home training, last week saw them all playing South Molton the U16's and U14's both went over to South Molton while the rest all played at pottington road, seeing over 260 children playing here followed by a great buzz in the club house with all the parents, granparents and other family members supporting them.

We must remember that with out the help and support of all the Junior coaches, Team Managers and other members of the committee we would not beable to have such an amazing junior set up. KEEP UP ALL THE GOOD WORK

We also need to say well done to Ruben Chugg who has won a colouring compertion and will be having his Rugby Ball design made up in to the really thing. Well done looking forward to seeing you kick it arond the club 

Winners of tp prize


15th Oct 2016

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