Barnstaple grabbed a 28-19 win at Brixham in a Devon derby ruined by bad weather,

Two Jake Murphy penalties put Barnstaple ahead in the first quarter, but Brixham briefly led thanks to a Jamie Hext try that Connor Bedwell converted.

Back-to-back sin-binnings – Adam Thomas and Joe Lovell – sent Brixham down to 13 men and while they were off Barum took advantage.

A converted try from James Starkey made it 13-7 to Barnstaple at the break and before Brixham returned to 15 men a lost ball at a scrum let Barum go 18-7 up. Adam Lloyd was the try scorer

A Murphy penalty stretched the away side’s lead to 21-8 and things looked bleak for Brixham.

Joe Lovell got a try back and Bedwell kicked the extras to make it a seven-point game.

Barnstaple responded with another converted try, Ryan Carter running over, and that was just about the end of it for Brixham.

Bedwell chased down a cross-kick to take Brixham within sight of a losing bonus point, but the kick that would have earned it went wide.

Three wins in four starts have earned Barum a place in the top six – right behind Camborne, who visit Pottington this Saturday.

Victory could lift Barum into the top four, if Exmouth lose to joint leaders Ivybridge.

Jeremy Chugg is the chairman of rugby at Pottington and his stated aim is to win promotion back to National Two South at the first attempt.

Captain Winston James is a little more circumspect, saying: “I am never happy and always looking for improvements.

“We are a better side than quite a few in our division, but the best is yet to come from us.”