Sidmouth 2nds v Barnstaple 2nds

Sidmouth Quins  10 Barnstaple 17
The Quins gave Barnstaple a good game at the Blackmore and perhaps if a few decisions went there way could have claimed a victory.
Barnstaple started the stronger of the two sides scoring a converted try after fifteen minutes. Sidmouth then had the lions share of posses ion and territory, No eight Pete Springfield was eventually awarded a try after some great forward work. Gavin Pearson up from the colts played as if he was in the seniors all season, soon to be joined by fellow colt, Jeremy Massey-Birch who replaced Ben salter, departing with a dead leg.  Pete Springfield got his second try of the match to give the Quins  a 3 point lead. Both wings Adam Squance and James Leat with ball in hand were now stretching the visitors from North Devon. On one such run James Leat chipped ahead and was taken out by the visiting fly-half, who received a yellow card and 10 minutes in the cooler, that was James final part as he had to leave the field  very dazed. To rub salt into the Quins wounds, the guilty party came back on just before half time to slot over a penalty to tie the score.
The second half was a even battle with both sides missing penalty attempts. Barnstaple scored the winning try with fifteen minutes to play. despite plenty of effort the Quins could not manage to get over the visitors line. With the last play of the game Josh Reed intercepted the ball 10 metres out and gamely tried to batter his way through two defenders but was held up short, to the sound of the final whistle.  Tom Irish another colt came on in the front row and proved he will add competition for a place next season. Stuart Bickerstaff who has captained the side whilst 2nd team club captain Mike Down has set up his new business as a publican in the Volly at Ottery (all the best Mike from the 2's) was always in the thick of the action and non stop in his efforts for his team. Looking like a good bet for Skipper next season. This week the Quins travel to Tiverton for their final merit table game.