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Barnstaple pleased to claim a top-five scalp in National League Two South

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: November 17, 2016

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Nat Bayet celebrates Barnstaple's win

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BARNSTAPLE claimed their first big scalp in National League Two South by beating top-five Taunton Titans.

Scrum-half Jordan Petherbridge marked his 50th first-team appearance with 12 points – including the 76th-minute penalty which clinched a 22-19 win.

Linford Brock runs in for his try

The home fans in a crowd of more than 500 at Pottington Road cheered them to a third win since promotion. But after victories over bottom-half teams Clifton and Worthing, this was by far the most significant.

Jordan Petherbridge reaches out to score

"I'm just pleased to beat a top-five side," said Steve Perry, the Barnstaple head coach.

"Taunton are a very good side and to manage the game like we did was really pleasing.

"The set-piece laid the foundation for the game. A lot of credit goes to the forward pack because the scrum was pretty dominant and the maul was good. Tactically, we just played really well on the day.

"That's three matches without a loss and I think that will bode well for the future – winning does help."

Barnstaple came from behind three times with tries by Linford Brock, Winston James and Petherbridge before securing the win.

"I mentioned the spirit and character we had at Barnes (to come from behind to draw with 14 men) – those are the characteristics we want in the team," said Perry.

With Exmouth losing to Cinderford, Barnstaple are off the bottom of the table ahead of Saturday's trip to eighth-placed Bury St Edmunds.

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