Camborne v Chiefs team news

Morning everyone and as your reading this the Chiefs will be preparing to make their way into the wild west as they trundle their way to 5th placed Camborne for what will be their first of three top of the table clashes on the road between now and February 8th. Before that though I would like to say how saddened I was to hear about Jack Jewell who passed away earlier this week. Jack was an absolute diamond whose company I enjoyed very much over the years and will miss very much. Judging by the comments both on this website and on the Barnstaple Rugby Club’s Facebook page I’m not the only one as it seems much of Devon rugby will miss him not just Barnstaple, a testament to how legendary the man was. Jack’s funeral will be held on Wednesday 5th February at 1.40pm in the Rowan Chapel, Barnstaple Crematorium. It will then be followed by a wake at Barnstaple Rugby Club.

So today the Chiefs travel to Camborne and what an incredibly tough game that will be. Last season the Chiefs only just beat Camborne 18-20 in a very tight game. That season the Cornishmen finished 9th, today they are currently 5th with only 1 loss at home, to Exmouth go figure, and includes a 15-14 win over Weston Super-Mare, so they will be dangerous opponent s at the very least. Therefore we have to completely ignore the 44-13 score from the Pottington road meeting earlier and completely focus even before getting off the coach, this game will the biggest test of the season so far for Barnstaple and with their next two games away from the comfort of Pottington road, Weston Super-Mare on 25th January and Exeter Uni on the 8th February, will be a marker for how the rest of the season will take shape.

Now I’m not saying anything the team doesn’t already know and given the results of their last two games, albeit a month apart and at Pottington Road, does show they have the weaponry to win this one if they apply themselves and top of that arsenal is the Chiefs defence which in 160 minutes of rugby have only conceded 3 points, more of the same please. Keep it tight and let Camborne be the frustrated team, because make no mistake they will want revenge for their defeat at Pottington Road and if we can shut them out for the first 20 minutes then the chiefs can dictate the pace and pile on the pressure.

The team to do that is exactly the same team I announced for last week’s game which is great news and even better news is that the extra week off for Ben Hilton seems to have paid dividends as they will be picking him up on route to Camborne so here is the Chiefs line up for this afternoon

  1. George Snell – sponsored by Webbers Estate Agents
  2. James Starkey – sponsored by Slee Blackwell Solicitors
  3. Martinas Dromantas – sponsored by Peter Jefferies
  4. Adam Lloyd – sponsored by Mike Brends Groundforce
  5. Matt Gohl – sponsored by SPR Services
  6. Brendon Darley – sponsored by DS Carpentry
  7. Nat Bayet – sponsored by the Corner House
  8. Winston James (capt) – sponsored by Brewer, Harding & Rowe
  9. Dylan Gosling – sponsored by Loosemore Builders
  10. Haydn Lidstone – sponsored by Rubita Construction
  11. Will Topps – sponsored by Barricane Solutions
  12. Ryan Carter – sponsored by Paiges Lane Barbers
  13. Kyran McManus – sponsored by Tea by the Taw
  14. Luke Berry – sponsored by The Mortgage Hub
  15. Ryan Lee – sponsored by Access an Area

On the Bench

  1. Mitch Turner – sponsored by the Union Inn
  2. Casey George – sponsored by GW Heating and Plumbing
  3. Ben Hilton – sponsored by Pearce Construction

Next week the Chiefs are back at Pottington Road to face Drybrook who today have task of defeating Weston Super-Mare, which will be a difficult task for a team that has already lost at home to Barnstaple, Exeter Uni and Maidenhead, three of the title contenders, and I think will struggle today especially if WSM hit their stride. Brixham will look to take revenge on a visiting Bracknell for the 41-9 loss they suffered at Lily Hill Park back in September. Given that Bracknell are yet to win on the road I should think Brixham will be quietly confident for this one.

The only Devon derby today features Exeter Uni against Okehampton and it should be to Exeter’s advantage as the home team to avenge the 35-21 defeat at Okehampton. I expect a Uni victory today as not only have they lost just one game at home, to Camborne, but recent wins on the road have propelled them to third in the league just 6 points from the top spot and it will need a huge effort from Okehampton to put the brakes on Exeter.

Exmouth find themselves in a vital bottom of the table clash as they try to rescue their season with a win over visiting Newbury. This will not be a push over for Exmouth as they have yet to register a home win since losing to Barnstaple on the 19th October and those losses have included a 17-19 loss to fellow strugglers Launceston. Newbury Blues on the other hand must be targeting this game as a good chance to grab their first away victory especially as they have come so close at Maidenhead losing by just three points and the same at Ivybridge. Finally Maidenhead will be heading to Ivybridge in the hope they can shake off their Devon jinx where they have lost four of their games in the county. The draw at Exeter Uni will give them some confidence that they will pull of their first win in Devon, but the rest of us will be willing Ivybridge to keep the Berkshire club winless here.

That’s it for the South West Premier League good luck to the Chiefs and lets ensure we remain top this weekend.

Barnstaple Athletic.

Today is a massive game for Athletic as they welcome 2nd place Devonport Services to Pottington Road for a top of the table clash. Devonport Services are the only team so far to have beaten the Tic’s and revenge will most certainly be in the air. Athletic are a much more honed machine than back in September with currently an unbeaten run of eight wins under their belts going into this match. Those wins also include big games at Exmouth 29 – 55, Newton Abbot 3 – 68 and last season’s champions Okehampton 14 – 26. So if they can play at home as well as they have plied their trade on the road then Devonport will have to play out of their skins to keep pace with Athletic.

It’s also a strong team that faces the visitors today, here is Barnstaple Athletics line up for this afternoon.

  1. Connor Robson
  2. Max Lees
  3. Josh Davie – sponsored by Martin Hammett Associates Ltd.
  4. Chris Philpot
  5. Cal Ford
  6. Bryn Jago – Sponsored by Solar PV Tech Devon
  7. Matt Phillips – sponsored by Artisani Resturant
  8. Alfie Pennyfield – sponsored by Phil Sherborne Gas Services
  9. Zac Davie – Sponsored by Turnstyle Designs
  10. Robbie Hume – Sponsored by Torch Farm Vets
  11. Josh Davies – sponsored by Advanced Scaffolding
  12. James Owen
  13. Sam Roberts
  14. Ed May
  15. Luke Knight – Sponsored by Evans Heating & Plumbing

On the Bench

  1. Dominic Robson
  2. Garreth
  3. Brandon Moore
  4. Tom Clark – sponsored by K & J Electrical
  5. Tom Swales – Sponsored by Howdens
  6. Ed Day
  7. Harvey Rostock – Sponsored by Just Office

Win this one and Barnstaple will be the pace setters as they head the Devon Merit table and with the other challengers to that title still to visit Pottington Road will the Tic’s in quite a favourable position. Athletics next home game is in three weeks’ time as they welcome Paignton 2nd XV to Pottington Road on February 1st.

Barnstaple Colts

The Colts too have a crucial match today as they finally get back into competitive rugby, when they welcome Cullompton Colts to Pottington Road this afternoon. A very good series of friendly matches to keep the squad active and focused has produced a string of wins including the win over a very good Ivybridge side just prior to Christmas would have helped their confidence coming into this game. Within the league the Colts are currently 2nd with Okehampton just four points ahead having played one game more, so all to play for today against Cullompton to keep pace with the leaders. Kick-off is at 2pm.

That’s about it folks, good luck to all our teams today and again let’s make it a treble today.

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