BARNSTAPLE under-11s came up just short in the Land Rover Cup Festival at Exeter Saracens.
Needing a six-try win against Brixham to qualify from their pool, Barum managed five, including a near length-of-the-field effort by scrum half Chris Loat.
Ellis Rees (two), Patrick Clifton and Tom Chapman also crossed.
After an early start, Barnstaple struggling to get going at Exeter Saracens, drawing 0-0 with Truro in their first game.
Tom crashed over for a try against Newquay but the Cornish side scored from the last play to win 10-5.
Bideford had a hard-fought 28-21 win at Okehampton with tries from Jack Sargent (two), Sami Gillett and Corey Pillman. All four were converted by Jack.
Barnstaple lost 43-15 at Okehampton in the preliminary round of the Devon Under-13 Cup.
Barum trailed 22-0 at half time but a late rally brought tries from Johnny Bond (two) and Tom Ballinger.
Bideford under-12s kept their heads up despite losing six tries to nil at Okehampton.
The forwards showed the most improvement with some of the bigger lads beginning to show their strength and power.
Bideford under-10s made a good start to their season at Okehampton with the Lions shading a win three tries to two and the Sharks putting in a spirited performance in a 7-3 defeat.
The try scorers for Bideford were Jacob Stevenson, Fred Clements, Sam Abbot and George Nurse.
Barnstaple took two teams to South Molton.
The Rhinos won four tries to nil with two each from Joe Hill and Zac Wheaton.
Brendan Passingham gave a textbook display of tackling and Thomas Thorne was man of the match as tries from Alex Hookway (two) and Toby Clarke gave the Scorpions a 3-1 win.
Bideford under-8s played two spirited games of tag rugby in their first away fixture of the season against Okehampton.
Fielding only seven players against the home club's 17, Bideford lost the first game six tries to seven and won the second 7-5.
Louis Bloodworth (five), Jack Cotgreave (five), Jayden Grimshire and Adam Sanders (two) scored Bideford's tries.
Bideford U8: Louis Bloodworth, Jack Cotgreave, Hector Davey, Jayden Grimshire, Monty Olde, Adam Sanders, Toby Shephard-Blandy.