Barnstaple delight big crowd with Devon Senior Cup win
BARNSTAPLE lifted the Devon Senior Cup for the first time in nine years after beating Exmouth 61-22 at Pottington Road on Saturday.
It was the perfect way for them to warm-up for their promotion play-off game away at Westcliff next week.
Barum were just too strong for a weakened Exmouth team on the day.
It was the second year running Exmouth had been losing finalists.
In front of a big crowd, Barnstaple, who finished second in the South West Premier, took hold of the game straight away and led 33-8 at the break. Their backs were sharp and they attacked well.
Winston James scored a first half hat-trick for the hosts. His first came after just six minutes. Noah Nash and Jake Murphy also crossed the whitewash in the opening period, with Murphy converting four of their five tries in the opening 40 minutes.
Exmouth’s only points in a first half came from a Sam Fulthorpe penalty on 24 minutes and a try by Ethan Langson-Justice late in the period.
After the interval, Barnstaple went 40-8 ahead with a try by Luke Berry before Exmouth mounted a fightback and closed the gap to 40-22 with tries by Erin Inglis and Mark Wathers.
But Barnstaple finished strongly and Will Topps went over for two in the second half to go with one from Kevin Angel, with Murphy converting them all.