MINEHEAD Barbarians are celebrating after coming back from 14 points down to beat St Bernadettes Old Boys 33-17 to win their first away game of the season in Counties Two Somerset.

Havng lost their opening three away matches by considerable margins, Minehead's head coach Mick Orton described this match as a 'challenge.' And it certainly was.

Minehead, who had conceded an average of 50 points a game on the road this season, suddenly found themselves in trouble.

But Orton said afterwards: "We rolled up our sleeves and simply got on with the job.

"Old Bernadettes is always a tough place to go and win, so we were delighted with our overall display. We have known how to win at home, but playing away has been different."

Minehead hit back to go 15-14 up at half time and then turned the screw to run out worthy winners and to maintain fifth place in the division.

James Day maintained his try-scoring form with a double, with others coming from Jacob Gower and Ollie Parfitt with Luke Milton kicking two conversions and three penalties.

Elsewhere, leaders Taunton II remain top of the table despite not playing last weekend but Chew Valley have moved up to within a point of the leaders following a 46-7 home success against Imperial.

Avon, too, are only three points behind Taunton after they registered a 31-27 away win over Oldfield Old Boys who visit Minehead tomorrow (Sat).

At the other end of the table, Weston are still without a victory after drawing 21-21 at home against fellow strugglers Yatton.