BARNSTAPLE are still searching for a solution to their fly-half problem.
A hand injury will keep Steve Perry out for at least the next three games – if he plays at all in the remainder of the season.
With little experience of the role, Will Topps was thrust into the No 10 shirt for three matches.But Barum feel he serves them better at full back, where he returned for Saturday's 42-24 defeat at Old Patesians.
Perry, the joint head coach, said: "(We wanted) to get Will back to his natural position and enjoying rugby again.
"He's a fantastic full back and it was good to see him in the wide channels."
Topps had a hand in two of Barnstaple's three tries as they outscored Old Pats 24-12 in the second half.
After Matt Down's fly-half audition was cut short by a shoulder injury, Luke Berry stepped into a role he has filled occasionally in recent seasons.
Barnstaple have slipped to eighth place in National League Three South West after winning only once in six outings – conceding an average of more than 36 points a game.
They travel to Worcester Warriors' Sixways Stadium on Saturday to take on 10th-placed Worcester Wanderers.