Barnstaple got over their defeat by University of Exeter by beating Exmouth 25-21 at Pottington Road.

It looked like a done deal when Barum were 20-7 ahead, but Exmouth kept chipping away at the lead.

Exmouth got within a score after an hour that made for a tense last 20 minutes for home followers.

Captain Winston James felt Barum played with continuity in the first half to get into a dominant position.

“Our set piece was working really well and we were keeping the ball through numerous phases,” he said.

“Doing that, and by winning most of the contacts, gave us the upper hand.”

Exmouth scored almost from the kick-off when Mark Wathes ran through the centre to score and Tom Whelan kicked the goal.

Barnstaple equalised courtesy of a penalty try when Exmouth infringed at a five-metre scrum. They took the lead with a penalty from Jake Murphy.

Murphy added a second penalty then converted a run-in try by Ryan Lee for a 20-7 lead.

Exmouth needed a score before the break to stay in contention and Dave Bargent supplied it.

Barum opened the second half strongly and pressed the Exmouth defensive line to breaking point. When it snapped, Matt Gohl went through for a try.

Back came Exmouth and a second try from Bargent left all to play for in the final quarter.

There are no games in the South West Premier Division this Saturday.