MINEHEAD Barbarians maintained their promotion challenge in Somerset Division One with a 79-7 win at home to bottom of the table Yatton II on Saturday.
Back at the Tom Stewart Field after a month away from rugby due to poor weather and forced league breaks, they were in a commanding form in a game sponsored by Graham Lawrence.
Yatton turned up with a very mixed side of all ages and abilities, and they struggled to get into the game and to contain the strong home side.
By half-time the Barbarians led 45-0, ensuring another vital five points in the tight race to return to the Somerset Premier Division.
Justin Harris at scrum half picked up two tries, as did captain Ben Willes, and Warwick Wilcox, Richard Henson and Chris James added one each, with five successful conversions by full back Kyle Lewis.
With victory in the bag, Minehead were complacent at the start of the second half, and Yatton’s young no 8 and fly-half started to link well, resulting in an early score despite a valiant tap tackle from Ryan Lewis.
The fly half was stopped just short but managed to pop the ball away to the centre to raced in under the posts for a converted try.
That proved a wake-up call for the Barbarians, and they settled into their usual pattern, with Swann, Ryan Lewis and Lee Parker made strong runs to put them on the front foot, giving Bradley at fly half the time to orchestrate the backs moves and identify the space.
Harris added another try from short range to complete his hat-trick, and shortly after, Willes completed his too when crashed over after the ball was stolen against the run of play from Yatton just five metres out.
James, Dave Farmer and Parker all added to the tally to put the game comfortably to bed, and two further conversions completed the 79-7 scoreline.
l Minehead are are home again tomorrow (Saturday), against Wells II.