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RUGBY PREVIEW: Barnstaple boss Squire demands a big victory

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

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Nothing less than a win – and a good one at that – will satisfy Barnstaple's director or rugby Kevin Squire when his side visit Maidenhead tomorrow.

Barum have not had a great few weeks in National League Three South West with just one win in the last five starts, which has dropped them down to eighth out of 12.

Maidenhead are propping up the latest table and Squire wants Barnstaple to turn the screw on them.

"After a testing run of five games against teams above us, we now enter a phase of games against team around and below us," said Squire. "The revival starts this week at Maidenhead, where I am looking for us to win comfortably."

It does not get any easier for Brixham, who are away to leaders London Irish Amateurs on the back of a 24-21 defeat by Exmouth.

Irish are unbeaten all season and it already looks likely they are on the way up.

"The players like a challenge – and you get one of those almost every week in this division," said Brixham coach Dan Parkes.

Brixham hope to have hooker Chey Brice back. He will replace Darren Potts, who is out with a broken nose.

In the absence of scrum-half Matt Clarke due to injury, Sean Onslow again deputises.

Exmouth – third in the table after winning at Brixham – are unlikely to make too many changes for the trip to Chippenham.

"They are having a pretty good season and we will want out best side out there," said director of rugby Chris Wright.

"Ali Hill and Mark Wathes come into contention in the backs, which only strengthens us, and we might rest Dave Bargent in the back row as he is carrying a bit of a knock."

Newton Abbot entertain Amersham and Chiltern, looking to avoid giving the opposition a head start.

"We did that against Redingensians last Saturday and were 19-3 down after 20 minutes," said director of rugby Roy Henderson.

"Amersham may be at the bottom of the table, but give them a toehold in the game as we did with Redingensians and anything can happen."

Stand-off Rob Avery-Wright is probably out with a rib injury so a reshuffled ten-15 will probably have Stephen Ward at fly-half and Josh Smith at full-back.

Taunton are on Somerset Cup duty at home to the University of Bath tomorrow, which is a day off in National Two South. "It's a welcome diversion for the lads, with the prospect of a Cup run to add that special flavour to the game," said coach Tony Yapp.

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