Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Sidmouth 12 Barnstaple 25
Sidmouth Under-14s were beaten at home by a sizeable visiting outfit, writes Chris Woodruff.
The early clashes were fierce and threatened to decimate the home team who struggled to gain territory in the opening stages and looked somewhat shell-shocked!
Barum secured three early tries on the left wing as Sidmouth failed to match the intensity of their play.
To their credit the home side kept their composure and better movement of the ball was rewarded with a try from an on form Degruchy giving a positive end to the first half.
The second half started as the first had and the stronger rucking and back-up play from Barum brought a further two early tries. A determined Sidmouth slowly lifted their game however and another quick move ended with Mead weaving his way to an impressive try which Harris converted confidently to close the gap 12-25.
The better side won on the day but Sidmouth will have learnt from the bruising Barum experience that they have it within them to match the strongest opposition when they raise their game and determination.