Barum recovered from last week’s loss with a 31-24 win over Henley in the National League Two South.

Barnstaple worked hard for a 31-24 victory over Henley Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple worked hard for a 31-24 victory over Henley Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple moved a little closer to safety at the bottom of the National League Two South table when they defeated visiting Henley 31-24 to claim a bonus point win.

Victory wasn't quite enough to lift Barum out of the bottom three, but it did put them level on points with Worthing, who lost to Redingensians.

It didn't start well for Barum as Henley took the lead on four minutes when fly-half Joe Butler dashed 70 metres to score and added his own conversion.

Midway through the half, Barum drew level when they moved the ball away from a line-out drive and Will Topps finished off. Jordan Petherbridge converted.

Barnstaple worked hard for a 31-24 victory over Henley Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple worked hard for a 31-24 victory over Henley Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Bob Collins

Barum went looking for another try and didn't have to wait long. Nat Bayet set Petherbridge up for a try on the narrow side that he also converted.

Henley upped the tempo in the run up to half-time and pressure finally told when they mauled over the line - Stuart Philpott claiming the try.

Petherbridge knocked over a penalty on 38 minutes for a 17-12 lead at the break.

Henley went back in front early in the second half thanks to a close-range score by lock Jacob Albon converted by Butler.

Barnstaple worked hard for a 31-24 victory over Henley Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple worked hard for a 31-24 victory over Henley Hawks on Saturday. Picture: Bob Collins

Ding-dong it went with Barum regaining the lead on 47 minutes when Murphy ran down a Steve Berry chip and dived in under the posts. Luke Berry converted for 24-19.

The bonus point try arrived on 59 minutes when Bayet got over from a line-out. Berry's kick took the tally to 31-19.

It was hard to see Barnstaple losing it from there, but Henley were motivated by their own position above the drop spots and kept plugging away.

The visitors got some reward in the last minute with a converted drive-over try by prop Zaki Chamnaiou that earned them two bonus points in one go.

Barnstaple have one last outing before Christmas when Redruth visit Pottington this Saturday.

Kick-off time is at the earlier than usual time of 2pm.