Another cliffhanger for Barnstaple

Joseph Bulmer

BARNSTAPLE supporters will have no fingernails left by the end of the season after yet another cliff-hanger finish, this time at Cleve. Having lost three games on the trot by a point, then broken their duck with a single-point win, Barum were 24-22 winner

BARNSTAPLE supporters will have no fingernails left by the end of the season after yet another cliff-hanger finish, this time at Cleve.

Having lost three games on the trot by a point, then broken their duck with a single-point win, Barum were 24-22 winners against the Bristol side.

True to form it was nip and tuck all the way through with Josh Squire poking over a late penalty to win it.

The Berry brothers - prop Mark and wing Luke - scored a try each for Barum. Squire converted one try and four penalties including the winner.

Martin Mogford, the Barnstaple chairman, said it wasn't just the supporters who were gnashing their nails.

"The only people who retained their composure where the players," said the Barum chief.

"For the rest of us - supporters and officials - it was hearts-in-the-mouth time.

"To be fair we are getting used to it now. I don't care if we win by one point or two, just as long as we win."

Mogford said Cleve were a better side than their lowly league position suggested.

"Although they did not have much out in the backs, we were made to work against their forwards," said Mogford.

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