Barum ran in four tries in their National League Two South Game, but were on the wrong end of a 43-26 scoreline.

Barnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob Collins

A first point of the season was something for Barnstaple, even though they lost 43-26 to visiting Canterbury.

More than once in the game Barum could have crumbled, but kept coming back for more.

And two tries in the final five minutes gave them something out of the game - a four-try bonus point..

Barnstaple pressed early and it looked like a try was imminent and it came on 10 minutes when Linford Brock outpaced the cover to score in the corner. Jordan Petherbridge did well to get the conversion over.

Barnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob Collins

Barum failed to deal with the restart kick, Canterbury worked out an overlap and number eight Max Cantwell scored.

On 24 minutes Barum conceded a penalty and Martyn Beaumont knocked it over. Three minutes later Barum infringed again and Beaumont made it 11-7.

Canterbury started to have the upper hand in the run-up to half time and pressure in the home 22 led to a try by hooker Tom Rogers. Beaumont converted for 18-7 at the switch.

Four minutes after the restart Rogers was at it again, this time dashing over from a line-out near the home 22. Beaumont converted.

Barnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple’s response was swift: replacement lock Matt Hague catching at the back of a line-out and heading over. Petherbridge added two wit the conversion.

The next score was going to be critical and it went to Canterbury prop Sam Kenny from a scrum under the posts.

As the hour mark rolled up Canterbury went further ahead with a wing try by Harry Sayers on the end of a kick return.

Canterbury were in full cry now and added try number six from busy full-back Aiden Moss.

Barnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple were defeated 43-26 by Canterbury at Pottington. Picture: Bob Collins

Barum could easily have buckled at that stage, but they stuck at it and worked hard to early a bonus point.

First replacement Luke Berry squirmed over from a close-in penalty before Ryan Carter hurtled up the left to score.

The Kent side had the final word in added time through Beaumont’s boot.

Barnstaple are away to Chinnor this Saturday.