BARNSTAPLE had victory snatched from their grasp in the dyimg minutes of the Devon derby against visiting Newton Abbot.

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With eight minutes left on referee Jake Chapman’s watch, Barnstaple were 15-6 up and looked the most likely winners.

Newton Abbot got a try back with five minutes to go and the winner seven minutes into stoppage time.

There was even time to restart, not that it did Barum any good.

The first half was penalties only with one for Newton’s Josh Smith and another for Barnstaple’s Will Topps.

Smith kicked Newton back in front after the break but, while they were a man down with Brett Stroud was in the sin-bin, Barum took the lead for the first time.

Skipper Winston James came off the back of a scrum and dashed for the line from 15 metres out. Tops converted for 10-6.

It was James final game for the club before he flies out to Australia to join Knox RFC in Sydney for a season.

Steve Perry, who had an outstanding game at stand-off for Barnstaple, threaded a kick through for centre Rob Elliott to chase down for a try.

Newton stayed in the game with a catch-and-drive try credited to prop Lloyd Radford.

Barum lost Perry to the bin for clogging up the tackle area and were a man down as Newton threw everything at them.

Having tried the unsubtle approach from a line-out drive over without success, Newton switched to a backs’ attack and Kyle Browne came up trumps with the winning try out on the left wing.

Barnstaple will be looking to bounce back away to Old Redcliffians this Saturday.

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