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Evening everyone and another match report for you to digest although today’s will be just a roundup of events this weekend rather than a blow by blow account and we start with the Chiefs who travelled up to Richmond on Thames to face a Barnes team who have not had the most impressive of starts this season having only won three games themselves although three draws as well shows that this was going to be a tough game and so it proved as the Chiefs lost 33-8.
The first half was a fairly even game by the looks of it with Barnes scoring first with a try in the 10th minute and following a penalty each Matt Gohl scored on the half hour to tie the game 8-8 before Barnes scored another penalty to go in at half time with a slender lead 11-8 and by now looking good although a slight concern at this stage was that Dan Lee went off injured replaced by Flynn Elworthy, what the extent of the injury I don’t know but let’s hope it’s not too serious. Still 11-8 half time and looking good.
Then the wheels came off as Barnes hit the Chiefs with two quick tries following the restart in seven minutes which took them into a comfortable lead 25-8 and then 28-8 following a yellow for the Chiefs on the 50th minute although Barnstaple did fight well for the 10 minutes and refused to give Barnes any further points but another try just before the 70 minute mark sealed the win for the home side as they scored 22 unanswered points in the second half. So not great for the lads as they travelled back home last night but now it’s preparation time for Henley Hawks next weekend at Pottington Road kick off for that will be 2pm so don’t be late.
On a more positive note Athletic played a home fixture yesterday as they welcomed Tiverton 2nd XV to Pottington Road and another entertaining game in freezing conditions. Tiverton posed some defensive questions of the Tic’s in the first half making several decent breaks and having some good possession for which Athletic stood firm and defended well without having their 22 threatening, and with 2 very well taken tries on the board in the first half, one each for the Swales brothers, the Tic’s went in at half time 10-0 up.
The second half was completely different as Barnstaple came out with a bit more bite to their game and totally dominated it from the kick off and with another try by Tom Swales and 2 each for Chris Philpot, Euan Kent and another by Warren Goss Athletic secured another bonus point win 54-0 to close to within 2 points of Ivybridge following their draw away to Cullompton and with a game in hand.
Finally we have the Colts who on the back of a very impressive display last week at Okehampton had the daunting task of visiting Exeter Athletic. They again performed brilliantly but this time got the result their play deserved beating Exeter 36-12 and looking good as they get ever closer to the competitive stage of the season which I think begins in the New Year.
Next weekend Athletic are off to Paignton while the Colts have a rest before facing Newton Abbot at Pottington Road on the 11th as is Athletic. Kick offs for those two games will be 2pm.
That’s about it for this brief report hopefully I will see you all next Saturday as The Chiefs take on Henley Hawks at 2pm and don’t forget to book your Christmas Dinner if you haven’t done so it’s 35pp and you can book your place by emailing Jacqui Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org