Well that wasn’t too shabby by The Chiefs was it. A 250+ mile, 5 hour, trip to Kent and they bring home a bonus point. Mind you it was touch and go, as it always is with Barnstaple, but a last minute try by Danny Southworth has given the lads something to cheer on their long journey home.
Unfortunately I wasn’t at the game so I can’t describe what happened in any detail but I can interpret the scorecard so here goes. It looks like it was an even start with both sides scoring a try in the first 20 minutes with Jarred Hayler scoring Barnstaple’s. Then it seems Canterbury took control scoring 29 unanswered points either side of half time.
A yellow card for Canterbury though changed things and 2 tries during that period firstly by Jordan Petherbridge and then Jarred scoring his second brought The Chiefs within 10 points of Canterbury. Even though the Kent side scored again, an 80th minute try earned the bonus point. What this does show is the resilience of The Chiefs and an ambition to keep going right up to the last knockings.
The rest of the league’s result were pretty much as expected with no real shocks. Taunton quite easily shrugged of Redruth whilst Chinnor, Clifton, Bury and Henley all won fairly comfortably. The game of the week though must have been Redingesians at home to Cinderford, who are scoring for fun. Cinderford just won this by the smallest of margins 37-36 even though The Rams scored more tries, are we seeing a possible slowing of the pace by Cinderford or just a blip, time will tell. Lastly Tonbridge do seem to have a problem at home winning just one of their three home fixtures so far, preferring it seems being on the road where they are unbeaten. This week saw London Irish put 5 tries past them, winning 37-26.
Barnstaple Athletic were also in action Today playing to around 100 supporters at Pottington Road. The visitors, Cullompton, gave a good account of themselves and with a strong pack it made for an entertaining game. The Tic’s were the first to score with a driving maul and despite great efforts by Cullompton who scored two tries , The Tic’s never gave up the lead. Two further tries meant Barnstaple always kept their nose in front and the win definitely righted some of the wrongs of last weekend for them.
Don’t forget it’s Clifton at home next week and as a bonus treat after the game there will be horse racing in the club house to keep you going.