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Barnstaple v Old Centralians: rugby match preview

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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Last week’s win at Worcester Wanderers should have put a spring in Barnstaple’s step for their remaining fixtures.

Starting with tomorrow’s visit of Old Centralians, the target over the last four games will be to get back into the top half of the National League Three South West table.

When they beat tomorrow’s visitors 17-15 in Gloucester on November 23, Barnstaple moved into fifth place. Since then they have won only four out of 11 games and slipped to eighth place.

Their spirits will have been lifted by brighter weather and a bonus-point away win last time out.

Joint head coach Steve Perry said: “It was pleasing to get a win because we’ve had a few losses recently and it’s good for the boys – it will keep them motivated for the end of the season.”

Showers are forecast but Perry will be hoping to see the sun shining at Pottington Road and some entertaining action.

“It’s important for me because I like to see rugby played,” he said. “I’m not saying forward-orientated rugby is not good rugby but it’s nice to see the ball thrown around in the wide channels.”

Old Centralians were bottom of the table when they lost to Barnstaple late last year. But with only two defeats in their last six games they are now third from bottom and have a chance of escaping an immediate return to Tribute South West One after last season’s promotion.

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