Barnstaple go into their rearranged game at Chinnor looking to end a three-game losing streak that has left the National Leauge Two South drop zone a bit too close for comfort.
Saturday’s agonising 20-18 home defeat by leaders Cinderford left Barum eight points clear of the relegation places.
Barum still have to play all three of the sides in the relegation places – Broadstreet and Wimbledon at home, Old Reds away – so the prospect of being dragged into the mire is a real one.
Barnstaple were devastated by a last-gasp try that gave Cinderford victory on the way to what looks like promotion.
Table-topping Cinderford were never ahead from the 35th minute until the last one when they scored a try from the final move of the game to level it. Jamie Moffatt kicked the conversion to win the game.
Barum gave Cinderford as good as they got in the opening exchanges and it needed solid defence by the Foresters to keep them out.
It took Cinderford 10 minutes to get into the home 22. When they did they scored. Flanker Will Keenan made the decisive break and prop Tim Brockett was on his shoulder to take the scoring pass.
Barum went back on the offensive and more hard work was needed in the away 22 to keep them out.
Ding-dong it went with Barum occasionally glad of Cinderford’s high penalty count for failing to convert chances.
Five minutes before the break Barum were on level terms when scrum-half Jordan Petherbridge spotted a gap and went through it.
Barum went in front early in the second half when Ryan Carter found a hole in midfield and ran through for Jake Murphy to kick the goal.
The second half lacked structure for a while until Barum went further in front thanks to a Murphy penalty.
Cinderford showed why they are top by turning defence into attack to run try back from their own 22. Wing Rueben Norville supplied the finishing touch.