Chippenham are likely to face a more well-drilled Barnstaple side in tomorrow’s National League Three South West match at Pottington Road.
The Barum coaches were concerned at the way Jarryd Harris and Russ Morris, in particular, broke through their defences in last weekend’s Devon derby at Brixham.
Prop Morris rampaged through for a match-winning try in the 80th minute, leaving Barnstaple on the end of an agonising 31-26 defeat. That was set to lead to some hard work in training in this week.
“Defence is something we will be looking at because they were coming through the middle rather than outside, which is worrying,” said Tom Skelding, the joint head coach, who was also concerned about Barnstaple’s scrum and lineout.
“We probably didn’t get through our set plays as well as we should have done.
“To an extent you can’t coach that. You can do everything on the training field but, when it comes to it, players need to remember what their role is and what they need to do.”
Skelding will line up against a Chippenham side coached by his former Plymouth Albion team-mate Danny Thomas tomorrow. Thomas, an ex-Barnstaple player and coach, took charge at the Wiltshire club in the summer.
Chippenham’s 24-20 win over Avonmouth Old Boys last weekend was their first win since the opening day of the season. They are third from bottom of the table, while Barnstaple sit sixth with four wins and a draw from their first seven games.
Home advantage has been everything in recent meetings between the sides, with Barnstaple winning the Pottington Road clashes and Chippenham on top at their Allington Fields ground.
Feb 9, 2013: Chippenham 46 Barnstaple 27 (tries: penalty, Topps 2, Brock; cons: L Berry 2; pen: L Berry).
Oct 13, 2012: Barnstaple 25 (tries: James, Brock 2; cons: Squire 2; pens: Squire 2). Chippenham 12.
Feb 25, 2012: Barnstaple 31 (tries: Friend, L Berry, J Carter, James; cons: Squire 4; pen: Giddy) Chippenham 8.
Oct 15, 2011: Chippenham 26 Barnstaple 23 (tries: James 2, Elliott; con: Rayner; pens: L Berry, Rayner).
Mar 20, 2010: Chippenham 10 Barnstaple 6 (pens: Tuhakaraina 2).
Nov 28, 2009: Barnstaple 25 (tries: J Carter, Luxton 2; cons: Wearne 2; pens: Giddy 2) Chippenham 16.