Barnstaple relaxed about London Irish Wild Geese test in National Three south west
Barnstaple are taking a relaxed approach to one of their toughest matches of the season.
Barum, eighth in National Three south west, go to league leaders London Irish Wild Geese tomorrow.
While Barnstaple have lost their last five games, Irish have been beaten only once and won the previous meeting 33-17 at Pottington Road in October.
Kevin Squire, the Barnstaple director of rugby, said: "Once we get this one out of the way, hopefully we have got an easier run of games to come.
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"There is no pressure on us at all, we will enjoy the day out and throw the ball around."
Despite Barnstaple's run of defeats, Squire is not concerned about dropping into danger of relegation, particularly with games against the division's bottom three still to come.
"The teams below us are getting a little bit closer but our destiny is in our own hands," he said.
"We have got to make sure it doesn't turn into a place of doom, we are trying to keep it upbeat and one result will make it seem a lot better."
With Ben Vellacott in the Scotland under-18 squad to play England at Darlington on Sunday and new signing James Bath required by England Colleges, colt Calum Sumners is expected to continue at scrum half after a steady debut against Exmouth two weeks ago.
Stefan James returns at fly half for Bideford who go to Penryn in Tribute Western Counties (west) tomorrow.
James missed the Chiefs' last outing, a win over Okehampton, through work commitments.
Pat Sanders, who impressed as James's replacement in the No 10 shirt, steps back to centre alongside captain Andrew Loosemore in a reshuffled back division.
James Buckland goes from centre to wing, Josh King moves to full back and Adam Crouch is named among the replacements.
A win will keep Bideford at least four points ahead of St Austell at the top of the table ahead of their meeting at King George's Field on Saturday, March 9.
South Molton travel to Devon One's bottom side Dartmouth. Ilfracombe will be celebrating the club's 135th anniversary as they host North Tawton in Devon Two.