BARNSTAPLE saw a place in the third round of the EDF National Trophy snatched away when they lost 31-26 in West London to Civil Service. Barum were two minutes away from the third round at Barnes, but saw the home side snatch victory with a last-gasp try.

BARNSTAPLE saw a place in the third round of the EDF National Trophy snatched away when they lost 31-26 in West London to Civil Service.Barum were two minutes away from the third round at Barnes, but saw the home side snatch victory with a last-gasp try.The visitors led twice in the second half thanks to a couple of tries from replacement Paul Scheres.His first on the hour mark put Barum ahead 21-17 and his second secured a 26-24 lead, but in the end to no avail.Earlier Civil Service had led 14-0 before the North Devon side hit back with tries from second rower John Childs and full back Mark Galliford. Conversions from stand-off Max Venables levelled the scores.However, the London Two North side scored a penalty to lead 17-14 at the turn.Scheres then got in on the act but two converted tries by Civil, the last in the 78th minute , denied the hardworking visitors.Disappointed Barum coach Kevin Squire said: "We took as strong a side as possible, but didn't play quite as well as we can. " Home advantage definitely helped them and to their credit they kept going right to the end to snatch the game.