BARNSTAPLE Men s Water Polo team gained a narrow 8-7 victory at home to Paignton in the Devon League. The visitors opened the scoring, but Ryan Morris equalised within 15 seconds of the restart and Barnstaple extended their lead to 4-1 by the end of the f

BARNSTAPLE Men's Water Polo team gained a narrow 8-7 victory at home to Paignton in the Devon League.

The visitors opened the scoring, but Ryan Morris equalised within 15 seconds of the restart and Barnstaple extended their lead to 4-1 by the end of the first quarter with further goals from Dan Tabbener and two from James Gardner.

At half-time it was 6-2 with more goals from Andy Martin and Gardner.

But Paignton then switched to a drop defence, forcing Barnstaple to shoot into a crowded goal area and catching them on the break.

By the end of the third quarter the visitors had drawn level. But Barum refused to fold and with goals from Ryan Morris and Luke Simpson to one from Paignton, they held on for victory.