AT THE TIME OF WRITING THE GAME IS STILL ON HOWEVER THERE ARE ISSUES WITH THE PITCH WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY KNACKERED DUE TO THE NON-STOP RAIN THIS WEEK AND OUR MAIN PITCH IS STRUGGLING TO COPE. WE ARE DESPERATE FOR VOLUNTEER’S TOMORROW MORNING TO FORK OVER THE PITCH IF YOU CAN SPARE THE TIME COULD YOU PLEASE COME TO THE CLUB 9AM TOMORROW MORNING TO HELP FORK THE PITCH. PLEASE BRING A PITCHFORK OR GARDEN FORK AND THANK YOU.

ALSO PLEASE WATCH FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM TOMORROW IN CASE THE GAME IS POSTPONED DUE TO THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, HOPEFULLY THOUGH IF WE GET ENOUGH PEOPLE THERE IN THE MORNING COUPLED WITH THE EFFORT TONIGHT BY THE PLAYERS AND COACHES ALL SHOULD BE WELL

Good evening, everyone and welcome to another blog post, it’s been a while hasn’t it, and of course it is the penultimate Regional 1 southwest home fixture for the Chiefs. Not only that but we have a raft of stuff to get through this weekend and we start with today’s home game as the Chiefs welcome Matson to Pottington Road sponsored by our good friend Ian Tucker, associate of St. James Place, we are so grateful for your support and generosity. It is also Ladies Day at Pottington road which is about to get loud and wild, as the Barum Ladies unleash their inner divas and show everyone how to party like a boss and tonight’s entertainment is provided by Soulcraft, an absolutely awesome Soul and funk band, something that everyone of any age will love and guaranteed to get everyone on their feet dancing.

Athletic travel to Honiton with the Bucc’s who taken on Honiton II whilst the Colts travel to Newton Abbot.

There is still time to get your tickets for the Sportsman’s dinner on March 14th with England international and Exeter chiefs Ben Moon.

We have a special meal for you for the last home fixture of the regular season, a two-course meal for just £30pp or £300 for a table of ten when Barnstaple Chiefs take on St. Austell on March 23rd. Details in the posters below.

Following the end of the season there is also the Papa Johns Community Cup and Barnstaple Chiefs will be playing Launceston at home on April 13th here at Pottington Road kick off is 2.30pm for that game as the spring season kicks in. If it is anything like the league game played between the two a few weeks ago it will be a very memorable game of rugby and one that you will be talking about for years to come.

Before we get into the team stuff just wanted to congratulate Barnstaple U16’s Charlie Hill who has been chosen to play for Exeter Chiefs U16 against Bristol tonight Friday March 1.

 

U16’s Fisherman’s Cup update

Barnstaple U16’s are still going strong in the Fisherman’s cup having won 2 drawn 1 and lost 1. They currently find themselves in third place behind Devonport and Newton Abbot. So with all to play for as they continue their campaign and we will keep you all up to date as and when we here anything more.

Their next game is against Newton abbot U16’s on 24th March and if they win that one it will put them right into the mix for that finals place as the top two teams in their league go through.

BARNSTAPLE CHIEFS

It is so close to the season’s end and everything is still in the balance as Devonport services just have their noses in front. The Chiefs did themselves a lot of favours a fortnight ago as they inflicted a first home defeat on Lydney in what was a very tight game. A first half try from Tyler kept the Chiefs in touch followed by a Brandon Moore try in the second half converted by Tyler that just edged it for the Chiefs after Lydney hit back. However, it was Barnstaple’s patience with 2 penalties kicked by Tyler that brough home the victory 10-18 in what must have been a bone crunching game.

Devonport who have their noses in front, just 7 points clear of 2nd place Barnstaple with Chew Valley a further three points behind. Devonport has the more difficult run in with three away games after this weekend which include visits to both Launceston and Lydney whilst the Chiefs have a better outlook with visits to Okehampton and WSM intersected by a home game in a fortnight’s time against St. Austell.

Neither of these teams can afford to slip up along the road which makes this game today so important for the Chiefs to grab all five points and put the pressure firmly on Devonport’s shoulders. Today’s opponents are currently in 8th place with 7 wins to their name which include had 2 wins on the road, against Okehampton and Ivybridge, so they definitely enjoy their time in Devon.

This should be an exciting game and one for the spectators to enjoy. The team to do just that have several layersreturning as Adam Lloyd and Arthur Marks return as the 2nd row pairing, hilst Robbie Hume is on the Bench. Here then is your Chiefs team for the game against Matson

BARNSTAPLE ATHLETIC

What a 2024 Athletic are having currently with a 9 game winning streak which dates all the way back to November, yes that’s right folks their have not lost a game since November 18th and have yet to lose at home this season. This also included their biggest challenges as they had to travel to promotion rivals Devonport Services II and Torquay both of whom had not lost at home this season and in the case of Torquay had not lost at home in several seasons. Athletic though appear to be at their peak at just the right time and were the first team to defeat both their rivals in their own respective backyards. In fact, Barnstaple Athletic not only beat both but reduced them to scoring just penalties.

This has been the backbone of the Tic’s performances this season, their defence, which has been immense and impenetrable, setting the foundations for some highly entertaining and solid attacking rugby which was shown in all its glory at Pottington road a fortnight ago when the Tic’s beat 4th placed Exeter Saracens 55-10.

The first half was a much tighter affair than the final score showed as three first half tries by Conner Gwan, Gavin Mitchell and Mitch Turner gave them a narrow 17-10 lead. The second half though turned the game on its head as two tries from Tom Swales in 10 minutes opened up the Exeter Saracens defence. Almost immediately returnee Robbie Hume scored Barnstaple’s 6th try. This was rounded off by a Luke knight brace intersected by a Fraser Hartnoll try to give the Tic’s a nine try win which included 5 conversions by Harvey Rostock and Luke Knight.

This gives Athletic a 10 point lead over Devonport Services and an 11 point lead over Torquay, thanks to South Molton who although losing to the South Devonians stopped them getting that all important bonus point. Torquay do have a game in hand but the title and promotion is firmly in Athletics hands and if they win all their remaining games will be crowned Counties 2 Tribute Devon champions and promotion.

Today’s game is going to be so important for that journey as they travel to 5th place Honiton who despite only winning 4 of their home games are on an impressive winning spree having not lost yet in 2024 with 5 wins and a draw including wins against Exmouth and Exeter Saracens, both at home. So this is no walk over and Athletics’ defence will need to be up to the job today if they want to come home with the win.

The team to do that is fairly much the same as a fortnight ago with a first outing for Luke Flynn. Here then is the Athletic squad travelling to Honiton.

THe buccaneers and Colts

The Buccaneers. 

Frustration upon frustration for the Buccaneers, the current leaders of Devon Merit Table 1 NE, as there was another no show by their opposition a fortnight ago. This weekend they also travel to Honiton to take on their 2nd XV and all five points are crucial for this one.

The Bucc’s are 9 points clear of their only threat Exeter Engineers and next weekend they travel to Exeter in what will be the crunch game for the merit table title.

Colts. 

The Colts travel to Newton Abbot today looking to grab a win having not played last weekend. It has been a difficult season for the youngsters but they have continually improved as the months have rolled by and a really good performance today will be just reward for their perseverance.

Well that just about wraps it up for this weekend, keep all your fingers and toes crossed for the go ahead of the Chiefs game and we will catch-up in a fortnights time as only the Bucc’s and Colts are playing next weekend, with the Bucc’s in that crunch game at Exeter Engineers and the Colts are at home against Topsham Colts.

Of course keep your diaries open next Saturday 9th March, just in case there is no Chiefs game tomorrow as that will be the date we hope it will be moved to, although that will need to be approved before hand by the RFU, but as it stands the match between the Chiefs and Matson is still scheduled for tomorrow at 2pm.

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