Barnstaple will be defending an unblemished record against Amersham and Chiltern at Pottington Road tomorrow.
Since the Buckinghamshire club joined National League Three South West in 2011, Barnstaple have won all four meetings between the sides.
Last season they were victorious by an aggregate score of 87-15 – winning 52-8 away and 35-7 at home. Josh Squire and Linford Brock scored two tries each in the away match and Barum were awarded two penalty tries at Pottington in January.
Barnstaple may have been fortunate to get those fixtures out of the way early. After a poor first half of the season, Amersham recovered to finish eighth – two places and eight points above Barum.
And they have made a good start to this season, winning at home against Worcester Wanderers (38-5) and Avonmouth Old Boys (29-7).
Barnstaple suffered a setback at the weekend with a 36-17 defeat at Weston-super-Mare but joint head coach Steve Perry said they could take heart from their first home game – a 12-3 win over Redingensians.
“Amersham and Chiltern have started well, winning two games, and that will give them a bit of confidence,” said Perry. “We go in with confidence too and in this league you don’t know what you are going to face until they turn up.”
With Will Topps unavailable, Luke Berry is set to line up at full back for Barnstaple and take on the kicking duties. Prop Gordon Howells could return after missing the Weston game.
Jan 5, 2013: Barnstaple 35 (tries: penalty 2, Comber, L Berry; cons: L Berry 3; pens: L Berry 3) Amersham and Chiltern 7.
Sep 15, 2012: Amersham and Chiltern 8 Barnstaple 52 (tries: Squire 2, Brock 2, T Williamson, Lewis, Skelding; cons: Squire 4; pens: Squire 2; dropped goal: Squire).
Dec 17, 2011: Barnstaple 8 (try: L Berry; pen: Giddy) Amersham and Chiltern 5.
Sep 10, 2011: Amersham and Chiltern 3 Barnstaple 44 (tries: L Berry, James, Roberts, J Carter, East, Webber; cons: Squire 4; pens: Squire 2).