MINEHEAD Barbarians’ head coach Jack Claydon is back playing again after missing virtually the whole of the rugby season through injury.

The former Taunton Titans’ player made a 25-minute appearance for the Babas in their 37-14 away victory over St Bernadettes Old Boys in Counties Two Somerset last weekend.

“It was good to be back,” said Claydon, who has been struggling with back trouble. “I came through Saturday’s game with no real problems.”

Referring to the victory over the Old Boys, Claydon said: “We started the game really dominate but went to sleep and conceded a couple of tries. All we had for our efforts early on was a penalty. It was a difficult game to navigate.

“We picked things up in the second half and scored five tries. At the moment things are steady with injuries. As soon as players return, others are injured.”

One player definitely ruled out for today’s home game against Taunton is second row Matt Lynch who has torn a muscle in his chest.

“It will be a tough game against Taunton. I know some of the lads from the days when I played for Titans,” added Claydon.

Minehead 2nd XV, who have not played since they lost 52-12 away to Crewkerne in Counties Four Somerset, are away to Martock who won 68-38 at home to Yatton last weekend.

It should be a close game with Minehead lying second from bottom, one place below Martock.

Wiveliscombe have a derby game in Counties One Western West when they play at home to Tiverton, who lost 22-17 to their rivals on their own ground earlier this season.

Wiveliscombe 2nd XV are away to Wells who have not won a game in Counties Three Somerset South this winter and have managed to score only 55 points.