Barnstaple are living dangerously at the foot of the table after sliding to a 32-14 defeat at Tonbridge.

Bideford's Michael Smith scores for Bideford much to the delight of Manager Brad Goaman. Picture: Kevin CrowlBideford's Michael Smith scores for Bideford much to the delight of Manager Brad Goaman. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Old Reds are closing fast on Barum after their win at Broadstreet.

The gap between Barum and the drop spots is only four points –and they still have Old Reds to play.

Barnstaple did not have time to get the journey out of their legs before going behind to a try. Sami Atiola carved through by the posts for Liam Prescott to add the extras.

Barum were on level terms within three minutes. They kicked a penalty into the corner, attacked from the line-out and Winston James went in for a converted try.

North Petherton coaching staff look on as Bideford's ball carrier Michael Smith is tackled. Picture: Kevin CrowlNorth Petherton coaching staff look on as Bideford's ball carrier Michael Smith is tackled. Picture: Kevin Crowl

Tonbridge pressure led to a couple of near misses, but no try.

Barnstaple went close from a drive-over, but were caught on the counter from 40 metres out when centre Rory McHugh shot over.

Barum were level briefly again when they scored and converted from a line-out drive. James again, with Jake Murphy converting.

Six minutes later, Barnstaple were turned over and home flanker Duncan Tout ran off for a try. Prescott converted.

A Prescott penalty took the home side’s lead to 24-14, which was how it stayed up to half time.

Prescott opened the second half with a penalty, which proved the only score until the last 10 minutes.

Pressure in the Barum 22 led to a try on the right for Tons’ flanker Hugo Watson.

Barnstaple have no first-team league game this Saturday.

South West One

Bideford’s relegation worries deepened following a 28-21 defeat at home to North Petherton that drops them into the bottom three.

Teignmouth’s win over Okehampton moved them out of the drop spots at Bideford’s expense.

There is only a point between the sides, however, Teignmouth do have a game in hand.

Man of the match Richard Allin and Mike Smith were the Bideford try scorers.

Chris Snell kicked three penalties and a conversion.

Bradley Goaman, the Bideford team manager, said missed chances proved costly.

“We wasted opportunities to win so it was very disappointing to lose the game,” said Goaman.

“We have to win the next three games to have a chance of staying up.

“I can’t fault the effort from the players, but we are not clinical enough to finish teams off.”

Bideford have no game on Saturday.

Cornwall and Devon

Bude carried too much firepower for lowly Torrington, winning 26-5 in a Cornwall & Devon game punctuated by yellow cards.

Referee Nigel Gooding wasn’t prepared to take any nonsense and showed four yellow cards in the match – and one during the half-time break.

Jaymie Todd hit the woodwork for Torrington with a penalty kick before Jake Weeks ran up the left wing to score their only try.

Torrie were only 12-5 down until the last 15 minutes when Bude scored twice to seal the game.

Torrie are six points adrift in the second relegation place with four games to go. They have no match this Saturday.

Devon One

South Molton secured the Devon One title with a 39-14 bonus-point win at Exeter Saracens, who have been relegated after losing.

With both clubs needing the win for contrasting reasons, the first half was a tight affair, which the visitors narrowly edged 12-7.

Dan Smith and Harry Kingdon scored tries for South Molton in the opening period, with Callum Stone kicking one conversion.

After the interval, South Molton’s strength was the difference, with Smith adding a second try and Bill Bright, James Tinder and Callum Stone also crossing.