Barnstaple will aim to keep 15 men on the field when they meet Worcester Wanderers in tomorrow’s National League Three South West match at Pottington Road.
Barum ended their last home game – a 19-7 win over Amersham and Chiltern – with just 12 players as Jon Down, Tom Skelding and Winston James served time in the sin bin.
New signing Olly Mason was yellow-carded in Saturday’s victory at Avonmouth Old Boys, while Matt Gohl spent 10 minutes in the sin bin in the defeat at Weston-super-Mare last month.
Steve Perry, Barnstaple’s joint head coach, said: “As a team we need to keep working on our discipline. We gave a few penalties away and had another yellow card at the weekend. We will be trying to keep 15 men on the field.”
With three wins from their first four games, Barnstaple are up to fourth in the table. Worcester are fourth from bottom with two wins and two defeats.
Since beginning the 2010-11 season with three one-point defeats, Barnstaple have become used to starting strongly, three times winning three of their first four games.
Barnstaple’s strong starts
Sep 3, 2011: Barnstaple 17 (tries: Skelding, James; cons: L Berry 2; pen: L Berry) Exmouth 13.
Sep 10, 2011: Amersham and Chiltern 3 Barnstaple 44 (tries: L Berry, James, Roberts, J Carter, East, Webber; cons: Squire 4; pens: Squire 2).
Sep 17, 2011: Barnstaple 14 (try: L Berry; pens: Squire 2; drop goal: L Berry) Old Redcliffians 6.
Sep 24, 2011: Barnstaple 3 (pen: Squire) Bournemouth 28.
Sep 1, 2012: Oxford Harlequins 14 Barnstaple 49 (tries: R Carter, Brock 3, Topps, Gohl; cons: Squire 3, L Berry 2; pens: Squire 3).
Sep 8, 2012: Barnstaple 23 (tries: Lewis, Roberts; cons: Squire 2; pens: Squire 3) Redingensians 24.
Sep 15, 2012: Amersham and Chiltern 8 Barnstaple 52 (tries: Squire 2, Brock 2, T Williamson, Lewis, Skelding; cons: Squire 4; pens: Squire 2; drop goal: Squire).
Sep 22, 2012: Barnstaple 35 (tries: Squire 2, T Williamson, R Carter; cons: Squire 3; pens: Squire 3) Avonmouth Old Boys 8.
Sep 7, 2013: Barnstaple 12 (tries: Brend, R Carter; con: L Berry) Redingensians 3.
Sep 14, 2013: Weston-super-Mare 36 Barnstaple 17 (tries: Topps, R Carter, L Berry; con: Topps).
Sep 21, 2013: Barnstaple 19 (tries: James, L Berry; pens: M Down 3) Amersham and Chiltern 7.
Sep 28: Avonmouth Old Boys 24 Barnstaple 49 (tries: Heard 3, Elliott 2, R Carter, Brend, James; cons: Topps 3; pen: Topps).