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Good afternoon and welcome to Pottington road for another National 2 South fixture which today see's Barnstaple Chiefs play host to the pride of Sussex. Worthing Raiders. This will be the first time Worthing have visited Pottington Road and we extend a warm welcome to their Players, Coaches, Committee members and any supporters who have made the long trip to North Devon and hope you have a great day here, or at the very least a dry one.
We would also like to thank our sponsors for today Town and Country. 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.
National 2 South is starting to take shape as the top five begin to pull away from everyone else with 16 points seperating them and the rest of the league. Chinnor and Old Elthaniams are still unbeaten with just a bonus point seperating them. Redruth find themselves just 1 loss behind whilst Bishops Stortford and Taunton are following closely.
Today's opponents Worthing Raiders are leading the chasing pack with 4 wins so far. They lead a very congested mid table with only 3 points seperating the teams placed 6th and 13th and have everything to fight for today to stay ahead, although their only away win so far was the season opener against Exmouth. Unfortunately after Barnstaple's disappointing result against Exmouth last week The Chiefs now see themsleves propping up the table as Exmouth leapfrogged above us on 9 points.
A quick history lesson for you all about todays oppponents as this is the first time we have played them. Worthing RFC began life on a borrowed farmers field in 1920 and with several venue changes finally established themselves into a strong club based in Angmering on the edge of the South Downs National Park in West Sussex. Much like ourselves they have a strong emphasis on youth and junior rugby which has supplied them with many senior players over the years and are very much a community based team.
Todays contest should provide us with a thrilling game of rugby and Worthing will prove to be difficult opponents the lads are going to need to hear that Barum roar even more so now to try and establish a home win or two. Also a quick reminder that from next week all home games will kick off at 2pm until march 2017. Good luck to both teams today and lets hope it stays dry.
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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.
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 are having a week off from the league and make the small trip over the boarder into Cronwall to play Launceston, Although they are looking good to the cup part of the computtion WE MUST rember that they still have a few weeks to go and they will contioune their road to the cup by hosting, Topsham next week with the earlyer kick off time of a 2pm,
We have also had the good news that 2 of our 2nd year Colts, Oscar Cater-Burns and Jack Chapman have both been selceted to play for Devon U18's, Last week saw them play against Gloucestershire winning 22-7, While this week they will be play Cornwall, if you facny watching them you can cath the game tomorrow at 2pm at Bristol Grammer School.
The U16's will start next week on the path to the Fishermans Plate final, Where they will entertain Crediton in the 1st of their 6 games KO will be 1145am, Also next week see's the start of the Under 15's and Under 14's cup where thr U14's will go to Topsham and the U15's will play Okehampton at home kicking off at 1130 am. Yesterday also saw 6 our under 15's represent North Devon in the country trails to see who will go on to represent Devon, we hope all went well Harvey Causer, Alex Rowe, Jamie McLagan, Brandon Moore, Troy Elworthy, Ryan Woods and Ryan Pluckrose.
Tomorrow will see under Under 7's - Under 10's travel to Bideford to play in a north Devon 3 way with Ilfracombe while the U11's, U12's, U13's and U15's will play Exmouth at home and the U14's will travel down to the Cockles.
Today we welcome the U7's who have joined us for their 1st ever Super Saturday so lets make sure we give them a great big cheer and shoe them the BARUM SPIRIT.
Barnstaple v Worthing 29 10 16
A first ever visit by South Coast club Worthing Warriors to Barnstaple proved to be a good opportunity for a weekend away for the visitors. Several supporters of the Sussex club enjoyed the fruits of the Corner House on Friday night and a serious day’s drinking at the club on Saturday. We hope also that in between the lubrication they found time to see a few coastal sights in North Devon.
Still missing half a dozen first team regulars Barum’s strength in depth was tested to the full as they fielded a less experienced but no less committed side for this home fixture played in mild October weather with little breeze and on a perfectly prepared pitch.
Barnstaple’s intentions were clear from the kick off when man of the match Will Topps seized the ball and set up a series of quick and effective phases which unfortunately failed to produce a score. Keen to erase the bad memories of last week’s collapse at Exmouth the Barum pack were soon in full cry looking to work quick ball out to the backs. Ideal handling conditions enabled rapid phase play and got the crowd on their feet.
Such a positive opening soon led to a penalty converted by JP but unfortunately saw James Bath hit heavily in the tackle as he tried to dummy and spin through the line. A quick reconfiguration saw JP move to scrum half with Pez back as first receiver and Luke Berry on the wing as replacement.
With Bryn Jenkins and his jumpers working hard to steal line out ball Barum were enjoying some front foot rugby but ceded possession when rolling mauls were soon judged truck and trailer by the ref who was hot on the change of rules this season. A second Barnstaple penalty unluckily dropped outside off the post but a Worthing effort was much further wide.
A tense, evenly contested, low scoring encounter turned into a tight gainline scrap with Barum hitting the away runners hard and putting their men down when called. Soon a Barum maul seemed to be heading for the line when again the whistle went and Ben Hilton was carded for an alleged stamp that the touch judge had spotted. Despite the reduced numbers Barum were winning the game of kick tennis and line breaks from Will Topps and Isaac Hydleman enabled them to set attacking positions. Another penalty was accurately pinged through by JP for a deserved 6-0 lead. Yet another rolling maul was called back by the ref but the half time buzz was that Barum were looking good for a possible rare home win.
Inevitably Worthing came out pumped up for the third quarter and were soon in Barum’s 22 with a penalty to touch. Each time they were repelled and turned by the Reds’ determination to stand firm, learn from last week and not yield. Sadly a head clash between two visiting players meant a lengthy delay whilst the casualties lay prone on the pitch. To the relief of most spectators the ambulance was not essential and eventually the victims were helped off. Picking up concentration levels was a challenge for both sides but the finely balanced match was back underway and quickly opened up with some end to end breaks by both teams. From one of these a clearance kick was just out of reach of the Barum backs who knocked on and the Worthing players galloped through on the broken field defence to get in under the posts: 6-7.
Would Barum go down after battling so hard for so long? A fine team display of following up the kick and chase and denying opposition any counter attacking space was crowned when JP slotted another penalty after sustained 22 pressure from Barum: 9-7.
Now was the time for some last ditch tackles as Worthing sought further points. Hydleman hit one into touch as he almost broke and the replacements came on for Mark Berry and Pez. Nat Bayet stood in capably at 10 and Kev Angell produced his usual powerful tackles at prop.
With minutes to go the Worthing maul seemed to have scattered Barum as the carriers went over. However, the joy was short lived for the visitors as yet another truck and trailer move was called and back they all came for the scrum. Ball cleared, into touch, final whistle and time for the Barum crowd to cheer their heroes off the pitch.