Jordan Petherbridge pumped over a penalty seven minutes into stoppage time to earn Barnstaple a 31-30 win at Tonbridge Juddians and with it promotion into National League Two. Barum had been 21-7 ahead just before half-time, then went progressively 27-21 and 30-28 down as the Kent side fought back. It looked all over when Juddians took a 30-28 lead with a penalty a minute into injury time with Barums chairman of rugby Kevin Squire bracing himself for the worst. Last play had been called by the referee so all Barum could do was look after the ball, prevent it going dead and work their way upfield. After six minutes they got within kicking distance and won a penalty at the breakdown, which Petherbridge landed with the final kick of the game. Squire said: More than once I thought we had lost it and we would leave patting ourselves on the back for just getting to the play-offs. We got there, looked in the match programme at all the experienced Kiwis and Aussies they had in their team and thought we hadnt got a prayer. Once we started playing we realised they had no set piece to speak of and couldnt defend catch-and-drives or at scrum time. Being 21-7 up was a dream start, but of course they came back and showed what a good side they were in other areas. There were setbacks, but we refused to buckle and the guys showed tremendous passion and commitment. At the end we played multi-phase rugby to go from our own line into kicking distance, knowing all the time one false move and it was all over. It was like a fairy tale at the end. We couldnt believe we had done it and I dont mind admitting there were a few tears on the pitch. Barum scored four catch-drive tries, two by Winston James and one each for James Bath and Ashlee Crouch. Petherbridge converted all four tries and the 87th minute penalty winner. Having won promotion, Barnstaple have to start planning for a future that includes some serious travelling next season. I was lost for words after the game that doesnt happen very often but as it began to sink in I wondered what we had got ourselves into, said Squire. In some respects it is as scary as hell to think where we are going, which was never our intention at the start of the season. Barnstaple is a club with a big tradition and we intend to live up to it with our preparations for the challenges ahead.