MINEHEAD Barbarians will be looking to win their first away game of the season when they play St Bernadette Old Boys in Counties Two Somerset tomorrow (Sat).
The Babas have been in tremendous form at home this season, winning all five matches and piling up more than 300 points, the latest being a 99-nil home win over Weston’s second team last weekend.
But they have lost all three of their away games, conceding on average 50 points per match.
Head coach Mick Orton knows exactly what is the problem - ‘availability.’ He said this week: ”I think all clubs have the same problem these days. They can field much stronger sides at home.
“The game against Bernadettes will be a challenge because they are always strong at home. But we will go there with the strongest side as possible.’
However, Minehead will be without second rowers Ben Willis and James Cox, who have both been playing well this season.
Minehead’s 99-nil success against Weston is thought to have been the club’s biggest win in years. “Certainly I cannot remember a bigger result for Minehead, “ added Orton. “It was a total team performance and it would be very wrong to pick out individuals. We had a game-plan and we stuck to it.
“We were not given any tries by Weston - we had to create them. That’s what made it such a good display.”
Minehead 2nd XV play at home to Martock with the sides holding fourth and fifth places in Counties Four Somerset South respectively (2.30).
One of the aims of the club this season has been to improve the 2nds’ playing squad and they are achieving this on a weekly basis.
Meanwhile, Wiveliscombe will be looking to get off the mark when they play Bideford at home in Counties One Western West (2.30). Ed Lewsey’s boys have lost all eight of their games and badly need a victory to boost confidence.
The North Devon side have lost six of their eight matches and are tenth in the table.
Wiveliscombe 2nd XV play away to Burnham who are bottom of Counties Three Somerset South, having lost all eight of their games.They are also in minus points territory, having been deducted five points.