JOE Wearne converted a stoppage-time try by Jason Slade to earn Barnstaple a draw in the home game against Oxford Harlequins. Kevin Squire, Barnstaple s head coach, was hoping for a home win to keep his side safely clear of the bottom three. In the end he

JOE Wearne converted a stoppage-time try by Jason Slade to earn Barnstaple a draw in the home game against Oxford Harlequins.

Kevin Squire, Barnstaple's head coach, was hoping for a home win to keep his side safely clear of the bottom three. In the end he was happy to salvage a draw.

"Our immediate target is to win every game at home and I was disappointed we didn't win this one," said Squire.

"It could have been worse though as pretty well all the teams around us won and that did us no favours at all.

"We needed to get something out of the game and a draw means as Weston lost we have gone a point above them."

The Quins were 19-9 up at half time and kept Barum to just a solitary penalty from Wearne in the second half to add to the three he landed in the first half.

Three minutes into stoppage time Barum won a scrum on the Quins' five-metre line, only to see the chance of a push-over slip away when they lost possession on the wheel.

The scrum was reset with a Quins put in, but Barum pushed the visitors off their own ball and when it squirted out between some feet Slade was the first to react.

The try wasn't enough to square the game though as Wearne still had a difficult conversion to land, which he did from a tight angle and into a howling wind.

"Joe had a difficult kick from an angle in a heavy wind, but luckily he nailed it," said Squire.

Earlier, Quins twice came from behind to take the lead into half time. Their tries were scored by centre Dan Maley, wing Grant Rickner and flank forward Ryan Newman.

Barnsaple are away to Cleve this Saturday.

The Development XV and the 3rd XV are both at home to Newton Abbot in the Devon Merit Table. The colts play Exeter.