RYAN Turner came off the bench to score twice in Barnstaple Town’s 4-1 win against Wells City.
Turner’s double strike was sandwiched by two goals from Billy Tucker as Barnstaple stretched their unbeaten run in the Toolstation Western League First Division to 16 matches and opened up a two-point lead at the top of the table.
They did not have things all their own way, however, and benefited from a second-half red card for Wells.
Tucker scored from wide on the left to put Barnstaple ahead within five minutes and it remained 1-0 to half-time.
Wells, who had new manager Mark Read taking charge for the first time, equalised through Tom Manning’s penalty after a foul by goalkeeper Jimmy Thorne.
The visitors went down to 10 men after Harry Penfold was sent off for a last-man foul on Will Nicholls and Barnstaple eventually broke their staunch defence in the final 10 minutes, scoring three times.
Turner beat the keeper to a high ball from the left wing and headed home, then blasted in a loose ball after Tucker’s cross had caused a goalmouth scramble.
Turner might have had a hat-trick when he rounded the keeper from a Tucker through-ball but he was forced wide and shot into the side-netting.
It was Tucker who added the fourth goal, scoring from the penalty spot after a foul on Ross Jones.
Having previously led the table on goal difference, Barnstaple are now out on their own after Ashton and Backwell United drew 3-3 with Chard Town and Wincanton Town lost 2-1 to Cribbs.