Morning everyone and how are we today, looking forward to today’s game I hope, as Barnstaple prepare themselves to face Camborne at Pottington Road this afternoon. This could be a tough one as it looks like Camborne have 5 important players returning to their squad for this one including captain Jordon Rose and their County prop Andrius Zacharovas.
Anyway more about that when we get to the team selection further on but what a start by the Chiefs so far. I doubt any off you expected that demolition of Brixham last weekend and with two games gone we already have 2 bonus points. What is impressing is the defence which has only shipped 18 points so far. Now we do have to temper this and wait for the three big Devon derbies coming up in two weeks’ time when we take on three of the big contenders for the title in consecutive weeks before we can fully appreciate what is happening, but to say I’m chuffed so far is an understatement.
And that’s about all I have to say regarding how we are playing just keep going as we are and keep improving with each game, simple really. Mind you the chiefs will have to be cautious today as Camborne also have two wins under their belts, both of which are home wins with their only game on the road, which was at another Devon venue, Okehampton, they lost 28-14. Also, in this fixture last season Camborne were leading at the break 13-20 and it was several changes at half time (plus a gentle word or two I expect) that didn’t just turn the game but provided the Chiefs with an emphatic 53-27 win. I would rather that Camborne did not score that many this time around.
So now to the big news and I expect the rumour mill has been abound with all sorts of crazy theories again and yes I am happy to confirm that Ashlee Crouch is back with us, at least until after Christmas from what I can gather, which is fantastic news as I know many of you have missed him and we really needed to bolster our front three which has been a bit short of personnel lately. Ashlee starts from the bench today. Ryan Carter is again unavailable as is Nat Bayet and Jake Childs who are both still on the injury list. Joining them is Dylan Gosling who was injured last Saturday against Brixham and replacing him for his Chiefs debut is a very exciting prospect who has already impressed Scott Warren when he played at Scrum Half for the Tic’s at Cullompton a fortnight ago, Robbie Hume. Jake Murphy is also back as is Ryan Lee replacing Josh Davies on the wing and Oli ‘the Stag’ Mason is back in the starting XV.
Here then is today’s team to face Camborne
- George Snell – sponsored by Webbers Estate Agents
- James Starkey – sponsored by Slee Blackwell Solicitors
- Martinas Dromantis – sponsored by Peter Jefferies
- Adam Lloyd – sponsored by Mike Brends Groundforce
- Ben Hilton – sponsored by Pearce Construction
- Oli Mason – sponsored by Barry Hews Autos
- Brendon Darley – sponsored by DS Carpentry
- Winston James (capt) – sponsored by Brewer, Harding & Rowe
- Robbie Hume – sponsored by Torch Farm Vets
- Haydn Lidstone – sponsored by Rubita Construction
- Ryan Lee – sponsored by Access an Area
- Will Topps – sponsored by Barricane Solutions
- Jake Murphy – sponsored by The Pride
- Tom Clark – sponsored by K & J Electrical
- Kyran McManus – sponsored by Tea by the Taw
On the Bench
- Ashlee Crouch
- Bryn Jago – sponsored by Solar PV Tech Devon
- Luke Berry
Next Saturday’s opponents Drybrook are away to Western Super-Mare already with two wins under their belt and do look a much tougher team than this time last season and they face another team in WSM who are also improved from last season. I do think this will go to the home team especially as WSM will have that very narrow loss at Camborne to avenge but this one will be close
The only Devon derby this Saturday brings with it a huge test for newly promoted Okehampton as they face a rampant Exeter University at the Showground today. Okehampton have already done well so far earning themselves their first home win and only narrowly losing their other two games, but today they take on a team that has so far scored over 40 points in each of their three games and on their only game on the road they narrowly lost to fellow contenders Maidenhead by just 2 points. This is going to be a tough day for Okehampton who will do well to get something from the game and if they do it might just set them up nicely for the rest of the season.
The rest of the Devon teams are on the road this weekend with Exmouth having the easier time of it as they travel to Newbury Blues who are still trying to find their feet in this league. Ivybridge are at Maidenhead and might just fancy it as they both enjoy the delights of a plastic pitch, however Maidenhead do look as strong as ever this season, although given they did ship 43 points when Exeter Uni travelled there, Ivybridge will surely be licking their lips hoping to score as many. Brixham have a daunting task of picking themselves up from last week’s defeat at Bracknell. Both teams need a few good results over the coming weeks to make sure their season doesn’t drift away from them. Bracknell have at least had a week off to gather themselves for this one.
The Tic’s get to play again this weekend following the disappointment of Brixham 2nd XV not being able to raise a team. They travel to Devonport in what will be their first serious test as to how far they have come on during the off season. Devonport had a really good campaign last season, probably the best their 2nds have had in a number of years, finishing 4th. This season they have already seen off Newton Abbot and destroyed Tiverton to make it two wins from two. This fixture last season was a good win for Barnstaple 23-32 and head coach Scott Warren will be looking for something very similar this time. Here is today Barnstaple Athletic team.
- Connor Robson
- Max Lees
- Josh Davie – Sponsored by Martin Hammett Associates
- Gus Dunbavin
- Chris Philpot
- Josh Beech
- Matt Phillips – Sponsored by Artisarni Restaurant
- Alfie Pennyfield – sponsored by Phil Sherborne Gas Services
- Zac Davies
- Panda Roberts
- Ed May
- Harvey Rostock – Sponsored by Just Office
- Curtis May
On the Bench
- Josef Budd
- Domonic Robson
- Gareth Turner
- Ed Harrison
- Josh Dappling
- James Irving
- Ed Day
That wraps it up for today, good luck to both our senior teams today and let’s make sure of two cracking wins today. I expect to see a packed house at Pottington Road this afternoon to really bring it home and finally