BARNSTAPLE lost by a point for the third game running in National Three South West when they were beaten 18-17 by visiting Bridgwater. Weston and Bournemouth both came from behind to pip Barum at the post, so at least there was some variation this time. B

BARNSTAPLE lost by a point for the third game running in National Three South West when they were beaten 18-17 by visiting Bridgwater.

Weston and Bournemouth both came from behind to pip Barum at the post, so at least there was some variation this time.

Bridgwater were the team having their lead whittled away, but not by enough to cost them the match.

"We were 18-3 down with 15 minutes to go and very nearly snatched it," said Barnstaple chairman Martin Mogford.

"I don't know what odds you would get on losing by a point three games running - pretty high I reckon.

"There isn't much else to say, other than we've got Cheltenham this Saturday and a chance to obtain the win we keep getting so close to."

Luke Berry and Nele Kolinisau scored the tries that gave Barum hope. Joe Wearne kicked the goals that edged them close but not close enough.