BARNSTAPLE S head coach Kevin Squire was almost lost for words after his side went down 22-16 at Cleve in their re-arranged National Three South game. Barum were 13-5 up at half time, 16-5 in front soon afterwards and 16-15 with just a couple of minutes t

BARNSTAPLE'S head coach Kevin Squire was almost lost for words after his side went down 22-16 at Cleve in their re-arranged National Three South game.

Barum were 13-5 up at half time, 16-5 in front soon afterwards and 16-15 with just a couple of minutes to play.

Cleve scored a catch-and-drive try through prop Ollie Coles late on to send Barum home empty handed.

"Sometimes you don't get what you deserve and this was one of those times," said Squire.

"We were the better side, no doubt about it in my mind, and to lose the way we did was very disappointing.

"With the wind at our backs in the first half we didn't score enough points, and that cost us.

"We earned a bonus point, but that was scant consolation when we should have had a few more for winning."

Having gone 5-0 down to a Ross Bennett try, Barum took command with Joe Wearne converting a Mark Fatialofa try and a penalty.

Two more Wearne penalties followed before Cleve hit the comeback trail.

Barnstaple entertain Chippenham this Saturday.