Barbarians - 'a young side with a bright future'

By Barry Knott   |   Sport reporter   |
Friday 29th October 2021 7:45 am
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Minehead's coach Mick Orton

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MINEHEAD Barbarians play at home to Bernadette’s Old Boys tomorrow (Sat) on the back of a thrilling one-point victory away to Oldfield OB’s last weekend.

The Babas won 37-36 with Oldfield missing a conversion right in front of the posts in the dying seconds. The ball hit a post and came back out.

"I felt sorry for the lad who missed the kick but I don’t think we were lucky," said Minehead’s head coach Mick Orton. "I’ve been involved in such games before and they can go either way.

"I think we have a young side with a bright future. We have some injuries - but who doesn’t. We will sit down at selection and decide who is available and who isn’t. You have to manage the squad and sometimes you have to rest players."

Minehead go into tomorrow’s game in third place in Somerset Premier, eight points behind the unbeaten leaders Nailsea and Backwell with both sides having played seven games. The kick off tomorrow is 3p.m.

St Bernadette’s, however, have been struggling and are one off the bottom of the table, with only four points from seven fixtures. They lost 27-17 at home to ninth placed Wells last weekend.

"We had great support at our last home game and we’re hoping for another big crowd against St Bernadette’s," added Orton.

"Because they are struggling it doesn’t mean you approach the game in a different way - you try to win every game."

The other team above Minehead are Hornets 2nd XV who have also won their opening seven matches.

Minehead Barbarians 2nd XV, who beat Chew Valley 27-22 at home in Somerset Two South last weekend, are away to their Chard counterparts tomorrow.

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