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|18th September 2016||Junior Rugby 9:00am - 1:00pm|
|24th September 2016||Development XV V Brixham 2:30pm KO|
|25th September 2016||Junior Rugby 9:00am - 1:00pm|
|1st October 2016||1st v Cliffton 2:30pm KO|
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another National Two South match and our second home fixture of the season and facing us today from the ‘The Garden of England’, we extend a warm welcome to Canterbury and hope their players, coaches, Committee members and supporters who have travelled the 260 miles to be here have a great day with us today and enjoy the Devon air.
Also travelling today with Canterbury is Barnstaple Boy Steven Uglow. Many of our supporters will remember with affection Philip (Percy) Uglow the Deputy Head of The Barnstaple Boys Secondary Modern School (Blacksells Academy) many years ago. What you may not know is that his son Steven is the Immediate Past President of our visitors Canterbury RFC and is one of our guests today. Steven’s Sister Margaret, staunch supporter and wife of the late Geoff Smith who played for the club when a teacher at the Grammar School, is with us also and we extend to them both a warm Barum welcome and hope they have an enjoyable day. I have heard that Steven’s time away has not done too much harm!
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today’s game Camel Glass and South Sea Islanders who are sponsoring the match ball today. 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 has definitely been a baptism of fire for our opening two games of the season and a huge learning curve but we knew this would be the case for our first adventure in National 2 South. Redruth last week was no exception ] which saw us without the services of Jake Murphy, Mark Berry and Matt Gohl. The first half saw Redruth cut right through us to head in with a 34-0 Lead at half time. Barnstaple, just as they did the week before, came out stronger in the second half and began dominating territory, scoring two tries through Winston James and James Starkey. However two solo efforts by Redruth’s Alex Ducker sealed the win for them 48-12.
Today’s opponents Canterbury have also lost their two opening games this season earning themselves 2 losing bonus points along the way. Firstly away to Cinderford 14-7, and then at home to Old Elthamians 15-17. They are a team that does not like giving away many points and should provide tough opponents today. Hopefully the long journey hasn’t exhausted them too much. So we need that awesome Barum roar from the stands today just to give the lads that extra bit of strength today.
Good luck to both teams and I’m looking forward to a great game of rugby today with any luck we might even see a glimpse of sunshine you never know. See you all back at the bar afterwards.
What a cracking start to the new season for the Development XV it has been some new faces and a new coach does seem to have invigorated them somewhat.
First was a trip down to Crediton where last year during a mild November afternoon they were beaten 6 - 0, not this time as Barnstaple ran in a number of tries to totally dominate the game and run out winners 34 - 5.
Last Saturday was their first home game of the season against Tiverton which they won comfortably last season, and again so it proved on a goergeous sunny afternoon as The Development XV ran riot scoring 49 points and ending the game 49 - 14.
Today they find themselves on the long trip to Sidmouth before facing Brixham at home next week. There are much tougher challenges ahead for The Development XV with Exmouth, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot and Okehampton all of whom finished above Barnstaple last year, scoring big as well at the start of this season. FInding ourselves in second place behind Ivybridge is a good start but any momentum we do accomplish will require alot of hard work ahead of us.
Hope to see you at Pottington Road next week.
Saturday 24th - Back to the Pitch
A trip down memory lane! We would love a photo of as many of you as possible from your school or playing days. They will go up for a game of who’s who’s! There will be food and entertainment.
Starting at 7pm, entry £10.00 per person.
Saturday 1st - Real Ale Day
A selection of Beers & Ales will be on offer throughout the day!
Friday 14th - Ladies Night
Starts at 7.30pm £15 entry.
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 / email@example.com
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 ain't in you can't win!
Thanks for your support.
So we are two games in, the league is everything I expected, a step up in standard with no easy games. We have reviewed some video of ourselves and it has highlighted that we are capable of playing at this level and that we have to tidy up a few areas in our performance to win games. The challenge is exciting and will test all the players resolve, as the games come thick and fast.
Winston James, unluckily broke his hand on Saturday, please give him lots of love on the sidelines. I'm sure he will come back stronger after a good rest. Jake Murphy will skipper the side in his absence.
Today the boys are lucky as ever to be playing in front of the faithful at Pottington Road, thank you for your continued support.
We have now been back for 2 weeks and an amzaing 2 weeks it has been, the number s for U13's to U7's are up to there high numbers as always,
You would of noticed that at our home game V Old Elthamians we were joined by the U11's as Gaurd of Honary and young Joe Elliot was the lucky one to be drawn out to be the clubs 1st mascot for the season, Today we welcombe the U9's who are stating their first season in contact rugby, we would like to wish them all the best. We will have a diffient age group each week.
The U16's played thier game in the FIshermans Cup last week V Exe Rugby which is a mixed side of players from Exmouth and Exeter Youth. The all worked really had and came away with a 23-23 draw. keep up the good work.
Barnstaple v Canterbury 17 09 16
Barnstaple made sure that they kicked off this week to avoid any early calamities and were soon on the front foot in glorious September sunshine. Unlike their previous two starts, Barum were able to work a series of encouraging phases before a promising move broke down for illegal crossing of runners. Nevertheless the crowd enjoyed the more familiar sight of their favourite reds playing on the front foot in their opponents’ half.
An exciting line break by Jake Murphy looked to be there but he was hauled down under the posts. Barum continued the phases and worked the ball left into space where Linford was the beneficiary of an unselfish offload to open the scoring. JP was kicking at his best and did the conversion honours for a 7-0 lead. So far, so good.
It was then that Curse Of The Unforced Error struck Barnstaple once again: kick off knocked on as three players appeared to go for the ball, scrum, first Canterbury attack and there was Number 8 Matt Cantwell galloping over for 7-5.
As the reds pressed once more they came up against fast and hard hitting defenders who forced them backwards. An intervention by the visitors seemed certain for another try but, incredibly, the ball was lost forward when it seemed easier to score.
Now Canterbury grew in confidence and, having repelled the early pressure, started to relax and play their own counter attacking rugby. Despite Jake Murphy’s efforts to break the line Barum were gradually ceding territory. A home side pack had to be reconfigured when Matt Gohl went off with a serious injury and a penalty gave the visitors the lead at 7-8.
Linford caught the restart brilliantly but Barum’s drive was crushed, turned and driven backwards. Playing in their own 22 meant led to a further penalty conceded and 7-11 behind. After two home front row replacements had appeared, a home scrum was lost with a careless knock on at half way. Canterbury gratefully accepted the ball, worked a series of effective phases and were soon over the line for a 7-18 lead. A reminder that unforced errors are punished heavily at this level of rugby.
As the halftime whistle beckoned another clean break by Canterbury was lost forward when a two on one overlap seemed certain. Some relief therefore for Barum to turn at 7-18.
Any hopes of a quick second half comeback by the home side were soon extinguished when a short throw by Canterbury was returned to hooker Tom Rogers and he touched down for a 7-23 lead.
Barum forced their way upfield from a penalty and got into a huddle discussing the throw. By the time the forwards had trotted over Canterbury were clearly unprepared: long put in, Matt Hague at the back of the line and a charge through for Barum’s second try with JP slotting the conversion from a tricky angle: 14-23.
Before the cheering had subsided Canterbury raced to the line for a bonus point score and 14-30. Now the visitors were content to play patient, controlled rugby in the Barum half. Barnstaple are rapidly learning that the line speed defence at this level is very different and that gainline hard yards are not so easily won. With the red shirts often being forced on the back foot Canterbury exerted gradual control and forced the kicked clearances. One such punt from Steve Perry didn’t quite find touch. Caught by full back Aiden Moss the Kent side moved at pace and sliced through Barum for a convincing score: 14-35 and a comfortable away win in the bag.
Barum managed one exhilarating line break but JP’s off load was not taken at speed and soon Canterbury were cruising though the gears and a right wing overlap saw them glide home for 14-40. This was another lesson in Level 4 rugby for Barum with an opposition displaying greater speed of movement, greater speed of thought, greater precision, greater accuracy. Still the Barnstaple boys stuck to their task and kept tackling and battling to the end.
Rewards came when Linford Brock burst though tackles on the left. A tap penalty sustained the momentum and JP took up the running across field, then came the switch back left and Barum’s players combined to release replacement Luke Berry for a welcome score: 19-40.
No conversion took place to the crowd’s surprise. Barum had ideas of a bonus point and needed to save time. The ploy worked when the restart went straight into touch. Whether Canterbury had relaxed or whether Barum found new energy no one knew, but the reds were soon rampant again from the scrum halfway. The ball was moved from right to left and Ryan Carter applied the finishing touch with a deserved bonus point try: 26-40.
From the restart Barum’s ambitions continued and they looked to run from deep and secure yet another losing bonus point. Canterbury had woken up however and refused to let them out of their 22. Turnover, penalty and a 26-40 thriller drew to a close in the sunshine.