Last-gasp experts Barnstaple did it again by beating Lydney 21-20 in the nick of time on Saturday to stay six points clear at the top of National League Three South West.

Barum are making a habit of pulling the fat out of the fire to win close games at the death.

Four times this season they have won by margins of five points or fewer – and this was the closest shave yet.

Luke Berry jabbed over a 78th-minute penalty to put Barnstaple ahead for the fourth and final time in the game, but the drama was not over yet.

Lydney were awarded a penalty in stoppage time, but what turned out to be the last kick of the game was off target.

Kevin Squire, Barnstaple’s chairman of rugby, said, close shave or not, his side were worthy winners.

“Anyone who watched the game would say we were lucky to win – and I would agree with them,” said Squire.

“What I would also say is you make your own luck, and we certainly did that. This team do not know when they are beaten, which is why they keep winning in tight situations.

“We may lack something in precision or accuracy, right, but we make up for it in passion and commitment. That, together with will and fight, is seeing us through.”

Berry had kicked two first-half penalties and Nat Byet had crossed in the corner for Barum, who led 11-10 at the break.

A Mike Peek try converted by Berry put Barum 18-14 up after Lydney had taken the lead.

Two penalties nosed Lydney back in front before Berry’s oh-so-late winner.

Barnstaple take their lead at the top to Bournemouth this Saturday.