A misty rain that fell in Barnstaple all morning had cleared away by game time leaving the underfoot conditions greasy and wet.
The way the visitors started the game it looked as if the home team would be on the back end of a hiding, however that was not to be.
Cullompton attacked from the first kick off and scored a try within the first 3 mins. This came from a pushover scrum. The conversion was missed to leave the score 0-5.
This set the platform for one of Barum’s best defensive games of the season.
On 8 mins the home side were awarded a penalty which Ben Gadd just put wide. However Ben made up for that miss by slotting another chance in the 19th minute. This was awarded for the Cully player not rolling away at the ruck.
The half ended with the score at 3-5 with Barum boys getting the upper hand in all aspects of the game.
The second half was played mostly through the forwards. Barum’s discipline was the best of the season giving away only 2 penalties during the half and they were outside kicking range.
The only score in the half came in the 70th minute. Good work from Josh Ovey and Ben Gadd released Robbie Elliott. Robbie broke 3 further tackles to score in the corner. The conversion was missed leaving the score 8-5.
The only down side on an enthralling match was the yellow card received by one of the Cullompton players for a swinging punch that caught Jaymie Todd
on the side of the head.
With only a few players to chose from this week due to injuries and unavailability this was a tremendous performance form the home side. Credit must go to Lewis Joce
, who played a full game for the first time since returning from a broken ankle, Scott Mills making his debut at scrum half was very impressive and the ever green Ian Thatcher
was magnificent at the rucks and mauls all game.
With games in hand on teams above us there is a chance that the Dev XV could finish 3rd in Merit Table 1 this season and with performances like this one there is no reason not to think that they can.