A crowd of more than 800 cheered Barum on to a 21-13 win at Pottington on Saturday

Barnstaple could soon banish their relegation worries once and for all after beating Cinderford.

A win or draw at Henley on Saturday week should be enough to keep Barum in National League Two South.

A couple of bonus points could also keep them safe if London Irish Wild Geese are defeated at Redruth.

Skipper Winston James knows Barum aren't out of danger yet, but after beating Cinderford 21-13 in front of an 800-plus gate at Pottington on Saturday, they are not far away.

It has been a tough first season at National Two level. James believes if Barnstaple do stay up, the role of their summer signings need to be acknowledged.

"If you had asked me five games ago whether we would have stayed up I would have said we were a shoe-in not to," said James.

"We are not safe yet, but I would rather be where we are than one of the three teams below us trying to avoid going down with Exmouth.

"What we have realised in this division is the teams are better organised, more physical, quicker and largely of better quality.

"What players like Ben Hilton and Jake Murphy brought with them from higher divisions was the attitude we have to have in every game.

"Last year in National Three South West if you were going to lose, not that we lost many, you resigned yourself to it.

"In this division if you can't win games you have to scrap for every bonus point available. They all add up at this time of the season.

"That sort or thinking has helped us scrounge points and even sneak the odd win."

James said team ethos and proper preparations have helped Barnstaple when the going has been tough.

"We have all had to raise our game this season, and that includes the admin and coaching sides," he said.

"Steve Perry and the coaches have worked immensely hard and the admin side has taken pressure off the players, meaning we can concentrate on playing.

"We get to games in plenty of time when we are away, the kit is all organised and when I lead the team out all I am thinking of is getting the best out of the players."

Barum and Cinderford scored two tries each, but it was the goal-kicking of Jordan Petherbridge that won it for James and company.

Four Petherbridge penalties and a Linford Brock try got Barum 16-8 up with an hour played.

Murphy's try with 10 minutes left sealed the outcome before Cinderford scored a late consolation try.