Barnstaple are still top of the table in National Three South West despite losing 10-3 to visiting Old Redcliffians.It was Barums first defeat in eight starts, dating back to late November when they were turned over 23-7 at Bournemouth. Barnstaple were seven points clear of second-placed Exmouth going into the latest round of fixtures. Now they are six points clear of Lydney, who went past the inactive Cockles, whose meeting with Newton Abbot was rained off. Its not going to be any easier this Saturday as Barnstaple visit Lydney under pressure to win to maintain their differential. Reds win looks close on paper and was close enough for Barnstaple to take away a losing bonus point. Kevin Squire, Barnstaples director of rugby, said it wasnt a result his side could moan about. We had our chances, quite a few of them, but Old Reds were worth their win, said Squire. You dont have to be rolled to know you were beaten by a good side and that is how I saw this game. Defensively, they dealt with everything we could throw at them and we threw plenty. Their back row was very, very effective at snuffing us out. Three times we were in strong positions to go for the catch-and-drive, but they defended us well. And the multi-phase rugby they played in attack did cause us problems, but defensively we were up to the task. We were two well-matched but different teams. At times we played in fits and starts, which they didnt. The last 10 minutes of the game were played out on the 2nd XV pitch behind the main ground at Pottington Road, as the match had been halted by an injury to Barnstaples Alex Pike. Pike appeared to have sustained a neck injury and club medical staff were reluctant to move him without professional help. Paramedics took Pike to North Devon District Hospital for a check over. He was released on Saturday night. Jordan Petherbridge kicked a first-half penalty for Barnstaple.