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Your News Salisbury 6 - Barnstaple 17

Salisbury :- Richard Lang, Phil Carr, Christian Metson, Terry Gilmour, Phil Chesters, David Bell (Capt), Tim Shipsey, Phil Sutton, Nick Taylor, Adam Misselbrook, David Thorpe, Jack Fishwick, Nick Triniman, James Kay, Luke Bugden, Richard West, Alex Penny, ArnieVyas, Richard Roe.

This was the game we'd all been waiting for, and what the whole season had been about. It's a fact that early in the season Salisbury had at one stage lost 4 out of 6 games that were arguably their's for the taking. However, as the season progressed and Salisbury gained momentum and confidence they were to win the next 16 games.

The day of reckoning came on Saturday when the team and a coach load of supporters plus numerous other spectators in cars headed due west to Barnstaple for the end of season play-off. Awaiting at the ground in Barnstaple were several hundred Devonians in support of the home side and the expectation on both teams was enormous. From the kick off the Salisbury back line were looking by far the better of the two teams and displayed some excellent ball handling skills. The first points of the afternoon were awarded to Barnstaple through the boot of Josh Squire who successfully kicked a penalty giving Barnstaple a 3 point lead in 28th minute of play, Salisbury continued to apply the pressure and were themselves rewarded with a penalty just before the half time whistle, bringing the score even at 3-3.

The second half once more saw Salisbury performing well and within a matter of minutes from the restart took the lead when skipper David Bell kicked a penalty from out wide, giving Salisbury the lead for the first time making the score 6 3 in Salisbury's favour.

Barnstaple's forwards upped the tempo from then on and eventually after much sustained pressure opted to take a scrum from a penalty, this was somehow impeded by Salisbury and the referee awarded a penalty try to Barnstaple which was successfully converted. Shortly after this Salisbury lost their skipper David Bell with a severe shoulder injury. Barnstaple's tail's were now up and eventually in the 80th minute their scrum half broke from a ruck and went through the Salisbury defence and touched down, there followed a successful conversion by Josh Squire. When the final whistle went the score on the board was Barnstaple 17, Salisbury 6.

Salisbury have given us some outstanding games of rugby this season and may they continue to perform at this high level well into the next season.

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