A SHORT and sweet teamtalk from assistant manager Karl Baggaley got Barnstaple Town back to winning ways.
The Toolstation Western League First Division champions’ 37-game unbeaten run came to an end as they lost 1-0 to Oldland Abbotonians on Saturday.
But in the absence of manager Barry Yeo, injured during the championship celebrations at the weekend, Baggaley spurred his team on to a 1-0 victory over Almondsbury UWE on Tuesday night.
“We absolutely battered them and I thought it was one of our top three performances this season in terms of how we distributed the ball.”
Will Nicholls showed he is hungry for a start in next week’s Les Phillips Cup final when he netted his 18th goal of the season on the half-hour mark.
Without captain Aaron Harper-Penman, Lee Francis donned the armband and put in an energetic performance alongside Kyle Paine as Barnstaple continued to dominate.
“Franny (Francis) led by example and really loved having the captain’s armband,” said Baggaley. “Kyle was outstanding too
“I told Kyle to go out there and express himself and it was like he had never been away. He fitted straight into the team at right midfield.”