Barum beat Cockles Colts by a single point

PUBLISHED: 09:01 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Colts went down by a single point when they met Barnstaple Colts, writes Shaun Parkin.

EXMOUTH Colts went down by a single point when they met Barnstaple Colts, writes Shaun Parkin.

With a gale force wind blowing, it was always going to be a contest dominated by the elements and so it proved.

Playing with the wind in the first half, Exmouth failed to make the most of the advantage, despite having the lion's share of territory and possession.

It was a case of the Barum defence standing firm and denying the visiting forwards the ground they needed to operate in.

The second half provided a mirror image of the first, but with the home side now having the considerable advantage of the full force of the elements in their favour.

An early drop goal gave them the lead, but Exmouth responded well and, on a rare foray into the Barnstaple half, Joe Parkin went over, this after yards had been gained by the forwards.

Howard Smith tucked away the conversion and now the visitors led.

The loss of a couple of players to injury hampered the Exmouth effort and they were forced to re-shuffle their defence.

It was during this time that Barum seized their chance and score what proved to be the match winning try.

If the Cockles had travelled with an experienced full back it could have been a different story, but injuries and unavailabilities is always par for the course at this time of year.

Next week sees the side travel again with a visit to a buoyant Tiverton, who had a tremendous win against a strong Okehampton side and the visit to Mid Devon should provide another tough contest.

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