BARNSTAPLE'S head coach Kevin Squire had an unpleasant realisation to digest after the 16-13 home defeat by lowly Cleve in South West One. What Squire had taken to be a home banker for two points failed to materialise after Barum put in a way below-par pe

BARNSTAPLE'S head coach Kevin Squire had an unpleasant realisation to digest after the 16-13 home defeat by lowly Cleve in South West One.What Squire had taken to be a home banker for two points failed to materialise after Barum put in a way below-par performance.If Barnstaple lose badly to Chippenham, another side beneath them this Saturday, it's possible they could slip to one off the bottom of the table.Squire had to swallow hard as he said: "We've got a fight on our hands now.He added: "We lost because we played poorly and made way too many errors."We gave away too many penalties and when we did create something, our handling let us down. It's a struggle to find anything we did do well."We did have a late surge at the end and did get a penalty try. For the last 10 minutes we were camped at their end, but they held us out."A combination of poor handling when they had the ball, and giving away too many penalties when they couldn't get their hands on it, proved to be Barnstaple's undoing.Barum were never ahead in the match and only played their best rugby late in the game when they were battling against the clock as well as the opposition.All Barum could manage in the first half was a Luke Berry penalty Berry trimmed the deficit with a second penalty five minutes after the break. A late rally by Barnstaple had Cleve on the defensive and giving away penalty after penalty in their own 22. Finally the referee awarded a penalty try that Berry converted.