Barnstaple’s hopes of dodging relegation from National Two South were crushed on a dramatic last day of the season.

Barnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final  National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob Collins

Barum needed to beat fellow strugglers Wimbledon to have a chance of staying up – and defeated them 17-14 at Pottington Road.

Barnstaple also needed Old Redcliffians to lose to Redruth if they were going to pass the Bristol side on the way out of the bottom three.

Reds win over Redruth rendered the result at Pottington immaterial. Barum went down and so did Wimbledon.

Wimbledon went into a 7-0 lead before the break – Jim Doe converting his own try – and made it 14-0 on 53 minutes when Niall MacSweeey crossed and Doe goaled.

Barnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final  National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob Collins

Kyle Speare got a try back for Barum on 63 minutes that Jake Murphy converted

Murphy converted a Danny Southworth try to level it with four minutes to go.

Murphy added a stoppage-time penalty to win it, but the damage was already done.

Barum’s record of two wins in the last 10 outings was their undoing.

Barnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final  National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob Collins

Barnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final  National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob CollinsBarnstaple took on Wimbledon in their final National League Two South fixture. Picture: Bob Collins