BARNSTAPLEâ€™S relegation fears in National Three South West remain after they lost 16-11 to visiting Oxford Harlequins.
Barum had targeted the game as one to win on the road to safety, which means staying ahead of Cheltenham. Having gone 11-6 down they levelled at 11-11, only to lose to a try five minutes from time.
Barnstaple chairman Martin Mogford said the way things are going, he will have no fingernails left by the end of the season.
â€œWe seem to be making it as hard for ourselves as we can,â€ said Mogford. â€œWhen we gave them a try after we had fought to get back to 11-11, I knew it wouldnâ€™t be our day. â€œLuckily for us, Cheltenham were duffed up by Hartpury and they are running out of games to catch us. Had we won against Oxford Harlequins â€“ and we had enough chances â€“ we would be safe. Instead we have to go through another nail-biting round of games.
Josh Squire landed two penalties for Barum with Jack Flanagan scoring their try.
Barnstaple are at home to winless Cleve this Saturday.
Squire was among the try scorers for Devon on Sunday when they defeated Cornwall at Brixham 59-8 in the Tamar Cup match. Scrum-half Neilson Webber was also in Devonâ€™s starting line-up.
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