BARNSTAPLE's hopes of overhauling Exmouth at the top of the South West Two West Table suffered a setback when they dipped to an 8-0 defeat against Taunton in a rearranged game at Pottington Road. Barum were hoping to turn their game in hand on Exmouth int

BARNSTAPLE's hopes of overhauling Exmouth at the top of the South West Two West Table suffered a setback when they dipped to an 8-0 defeat against Taunton in a rearranged game at Pottington Road.Barum were hoping to turn their game in hand on Exmouth into a win and cut the gap between the sides down to a couple of points. Instead, Exmouth remain four points clear.At least Barum have the consolation of second place behind Exmouth, but Taunton moved within a point of them after completing their third win of the season over the North Devon side.Kevin Squire, Barum's director of rugby, had no complaints about the result - and he wasn't just being polite when he said it.What Squire can't understand is why Taunton are below his side in the table and prone to odd lapses, such as losing to lowly Newton Abbot seven days earlier."Of all the teams we have played this season the only one to really trouble us is Taunton," said Squire."I could make all sorts of excuses, like blaming the weather, but that wouldn't be fair on Taunton."We didn't play badly, but they played a little better and were a bit more streetwise. The driving maul that brought them the only try of the game was worthy of winning any match."We are still second and there is everything to play for between us and Taunton. Exmouth will take some catching now, but we won't give up just because of this defeat."Taunton secured their win after the break with the definitive move of the match. The visitors' rolling maul drove for 30 metres before South African Boshoff Muller peeled away for the touchdown.Earlier, John Martin had kicked a penalty for the winners.