Weston-super-Mare up to second after win at Barnstaple
Nineteen unanswered second half points at Barnstaple secured Weston-super-Mare’s fifth league victory in a row to move them up to second place in the National Three South West table.
They have gone above Exmouth after their 31-13 win at Pottington Road and are now two points behind league leaders London Irish Wild Geese. But both those teams have a game in hand on the North Somerset club after their matches fell to the wintry conditions.
Weston trailed 13-12 at the break despite having three players in the sin-bin at one point with flanker Paul Morrissey the first to see yellow followed quickly by No 8 George Sparks.
But Barnstaple only managed to score a try from hooker Sam Roberts, from a catch and drive, before loosehead prop Dave Swann was sent to join his two team-mates on the touchline by referee Richard Harding.
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Barum quickly brought the scoreboard in to action as outside centre Linford Brock broke from his own half for the opening try of the game. Weston replied ten minutes later through wing Harry Jones.
Fly-half James Mackay added the extras but then Weston’s defence was severely tested when their numbers were depleted. When Morrissey and Sparks returned to the action Jones went through for his second try.
Barum took the lead just before the interval through a try from full-back Will Topps but Weston regained the advantage thanks to four penalties in a 20 minute spell from Mackay.
The home side had blindside flanker Michael Sumner sent to the bin but Weston failed to take advantage. But with five minutes remaining they got a third try as hooker Dave Burge crashed over and Mackay converted.