A YOUNG team did Barnstaple proud in defeat at Redingensians this afternoon.
The home side, fifth in National Three south west, secured a bonus point in a 24-7 victory.
But a Barum squad with an average age of 23 and a half left with their heads held high.
Kevin Squire, the director of rugby, said: "The scoreline doesn't tell the story of the game.
"We had a very much depleted side and were absolutely fantastic.
"We were never going to win the game but we were right in it until ten minutes from the end."
Barnstaple took the lead in the first half with a try by Linford Brock, converted by Luke Berry.
North Devon's two sides in Tribute Devon One suffered defeats. Torrington went down 31-10 at leaders Exeter University, while South Molton were beaten 14-5 away to second-placed Plymstock Albion Oaks.
In Devon Two, Ilfracombe were handed a walkover after Plympton Victoria failed to raise a side.