Barnstaple Buccaneers beat South Molton 2nds in a strong win in horrendous conditions
On a pitch were most teams would have abandoned the game the Buccaneers kicked off to a South Molton development 15 that were both strong and ready to give the Buccaneers a torrid time. In these conditions flowing play was always going to be difficult and so a strong forward game was required. After initally losing the first scrum the Buccaneers uped the anti and started to become dominant at the set piece giving the No.8, John Shaddick a good platform to drive forward of the base then putting the ball along the line for Gary Parkin to score in the corner, this was converted by Matt Brayley to make the score 0-7.
The rest of the first half was taken up with strong play from both sides but the score was not added to and the score remained 0-7 at half time.
The second half started with South Molton determined to get back in the game and after 5 minutes their outside centre George Ballmort crossed the line and the scrum half Jamie Stoneman converted to make the score 7-7.
The Buccaneers now applied more pressure and were camped in the South Molton 22. A period of excellent close play ended with Mark Godwin crossing the line for the second try which Matt Brayley converted to make the score 7-14.
The Buccaneers kept up the pressure and a series of drives ended up with John Shaddick crossing the line for the Buccaneer's third try, unfortunatly the difficult conversion was missed 7-19.
A spirited last 10 minures saw some great breaks from both sides but at the final whistle the score remained 7-19.
Again this was a fantastic performance from the Buccaneers with everyone giving 100% but the conditions meant that it was always going to be a forward battle and one man worked hard throughout the game to be awarded man of the match, Buccaneers No.4, Steve White.