Barnstaple defeated by old boy Joe Wearne
JOE WEARNE kicked a match-winning penalty against his former club as Barnstaple lost 25-24 at Avonmouth Old Boys.
Barum led the National Three south west clash 24-22 in the closing stages this afternoon.
But when they conceded a penalty for offside in front of the posts, Wearne stepped up to land the final blow.
Luke Berry kicked a penalty and converted tries by Ross Williamson and Linford Brock to put Barnstaple 17-5 up at half time.
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With the elements against them in the second half, they were unable to hold on to that lead.
Grant Britton, who scored Avonmouth's first-half try, got a second after the break.
That was converted by Wearne, who added a penalty to move his side within two points.
James Foss then crossed for a try, also converted by Wearne, to put Avonmouth ahead for the first time at 22-17.
Barum were given new hope when they regained the lead through a breakaway try from Brock, converted by Berry.
But Wearne, who played for his home-town team from 2009 to 2011 before joining Avonmouth, condemned them to a third successive away defeat.