BARNSTAPLE Town can guarantee promotion to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division on Saturday.
Town recorded a 4-0 victory over Hengrove Athletic last night, meaning a point against Warminster Town at Mill Road will see them achieve at least a second-place finish.
“We knew a win would give us the opportunity to claim promotion in front of the home fans,” said manager Barry Yeo, whose side also reached the Les Phillips Cup final at the weekend. “Everyone was buzzing to get the job done and that overtook any nerves.
“The lads played with so much energy and enthusiasm, it was great to see.
“We are almost there but we must stay focused and everyone at the club knows that.”
Ryan Turner had waited seven games, watching many from the sidelines through injury, before he could claim his 30th league goal of the season.
It came within the opening 25 minutes on Tuesday as the striker nodded home from Jed Harper-Penman’s cross.
Harper-Penman’s brother and club captain, Aaron, fired the second five minutes later as he crept in at the back post following good work from Lee Francis.
It was the first time Barnstaple had scored more than one goal in five league games.
The goals kept coming as Dave Pearse was brought down in the box and Jed Harper-Penman converted from the spot to make it 3-0.
Second-half substitute Will Nicholls applied a trademark finish to match Pearse on 15 league goals, while Jack Jenkins epitomised the term box-to-box midfielder with an energetic performance.
Spectators can pay what they like when they attend Saturday’s game against Warminster as Barnstaple celebrate reaching 2,500 Western League games in the Hengrove fixture.
“Hopefully plenty of fans will come down because of the pay what you like initiative and the players want to make it a perfect day,” said Yeo.