Barry had high expectations that they could continue their recent winning run when they faced St Peters at the Reservoir Field last Saturday.
However it was not to be as the visitors proved worthy victors over a lacklustre home side who never appeared to be able to counter St Peters’ game plan and were themselves guilty of lacking any tactical awareness.
The sides shared the early exchanges, but the Rocks were first on the scoreboard from a penalty, and soon after added a second as Barry struggled to get any decent possession.
Their wasn’t much threat coming from Barry as the Rocks looked the more likely to score and only some hard work in defence and handling errors kept the score at 6–0 as half time approached.
The Rocks continued for the final minutes, applying all the pressure but the Barry line held firm.
Barry’s best period came early in the second period but what appeared to be a pre-planned move which saw Danny Ryan clear to the line was called back by the referee for crossing.
That was as good as it got for Barry. With the lineout not functioning, the Rocks took advantage to get themselves deep into the Barry half.
Things got worse as Barry went down to 14 men, leaving the scrum exposed.The Rocks took full advantage of this and after a couple of forays they finally drove over the line for the try, and the touchline conversion put them in the lead at 13 - 0.
Barry got their game together finally and gained some territory but were unable to capitalise as the lineout continued to falter, wasting
the chances created.
More chances began to come their way and a try looked on the cards but for a final pass knock on. Moments later they again attacked and, managing to control the ball this time, Chris Lockyer bustled his way over under the posts, giving Kyle Barross an easy conversion and taking the score to 13–7 and all to play for.
As much as Barry tried in the final minutes they were unable to add to their tally and the Rocks ended worthy winners.
Not a performance Barry will be particularly happy with and obviously there is work to be done to get back on track.
It is another important fixture next week as Barry travel to Porth, themselves looking to move up the table. with the kick off at 2.30pm.
A coach will leave the Club at 12.30pm for players and supporters.