BARNSTAPLE Town remain four points clear at the top of the Toolstation Western League First Division after a 1-1 draw with second-placed Cribbs.
Dave Pearse got the home side off to an emphatic start when he headed home after 44 seconds but Town couldn’t add to their lead and Matt Shaughnessy pegged them back in the second half with a 35-yard wonder strike.
It was Jed Harper-Penman’s in-swinging corner that met the head of Pearse as Town took an early lead before Cribbs were quick to fight back.
Tim O’Loughin and Tom Burns tightened the screws at the back while Dave Gilroy tested the Barnstaple defence with varying runs.
But the visitors rarely created a shooting position and Town looked more threatening with each attack as they set up corners that were flashed wide by James Mayne and Ryan Turner.
After 62 minutes, however, Barnstaple were caught off guard as Shaughnessy rocketed a long-range effort into the top corner.
More corners fell narrowly wide for Barnstaple but they couldn’t muster another goal with both teams well organised at the back.