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Colts go down by a single point against feisty Barum

Sidmouth RFC Colts               7

Barnstaple RFC Colts             8

            Sidmouth Colts went down by an agonising point against Barnstaple in a bad-tempered match at the Blackmore.

            Barnstaple definitely started on the front as their more physical forward pack won plenty of turnover and their strong backs caused a makeshift Sidmouth backline problems. However, reliable defensive work from Gavin Pearson in particular (playing at outside centre instead of number 8) kept them at bay for much of the half. However, from a long cross-field kick, the Barnstaple winger got a favourable bounce to go over out wide and draw first blood on the scoreboard. Thereafter, Sidmouth began to work their way back into the game and held the score at 5-0 until half-time.

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            As the second half began, it was clear that Sidmouth had stepped up a gear, winning much more ball at the breakdown and starting to create opportunities. However, a brief Barum revival led to a converted penalty and an 8-point lead. Sidmouth applied heavy pressure to the Barnstaple line thereafter, with Jack Sowden winning good ball at the lineout, and Thomas Irish carrying well in the loose, and they got it when Kieran Davies barrelled his way over. Sidmouth had a man yellow carded late on for a late tackle, and Barum were denied a possible try in the final minute, but it mattered not as they held on to win.

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            All things considered, Sidmouth can come away from the game against the side that are third in Devon league-wise with their heads held high. It was a courageous performance that ultimately fell slightly short. The rub of the green didn’t go their way on the day, but the performance will inspire confidence.