Barnstaple will welcome Bracknell to Pottington Road tomorrow for the first time since 2009.
When the sides last met, former England forward Chris Sheasby inspired a last-play try that gave Bracknell an 18-17 win.
That match was played in the old South West One division in January 2009. Bracknell went on to finish in second place and Barnstaple seventh before the leagues were reorganised.
While Barum established themselves in National League Three South West, Bracknell were shifted to National League Three London and South East. After finishing third in the first season, the Berkshire side were relegated in 2011-12 but bounced back as Tribute South West One East champions last season and were again regarded as a South West club when this season’s divisions were drawn up.
Both Barnstaple and Bracknell have made strong starts to the campaign, winning four of their first five games. Bracknell sit second, two bonus points ahead of fourth-placed Barum.
Barnstaple will hope their home support can give them the edge tomorrow – just as it almost did in the previous meeting nearly five years ago.
Kevin Squire, the Barum director of rugby at the time, said: “The atmosphere generated was wonderful and we were all touched by the ovation we received.
“For anyone aspiring to play rugby, this is what it’s all about.You have to go right up the rugby divisions to experience an atmosphere like that. We’re very, very lucky to have such a partisan crowd.”
In what could be a tight match, Barnstaple may find room in the back division for goal-kicker Matt Down.
January 24, 2009: Barnstaple 17 (tries: Galliford, Watkins; cons: Giddy 2; pen: Giddy) Bracknell 18.
November 1, 2008: Bracknell 48 Barnstaple 6 (pens: L Berry 2).