Watch Barnstaple Town being presented with the Toolstation Western League First Division trophy

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BARNSTAPLE Town’s champions were presented with the Toolstation Western League First Division trophy this afternoon.

Despite the final league game of the season being called off after opponents Devizes Town broke down en route, a crowd of more than 200 stayed at Mill Road to see the presentation made by league general secretary Mark Edmonds.

After the players received their medals, captain Aaron Harper-Penman lifted the trophy.

Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo described a season in which they broke numerous club records and went on a 37-game unbeaten run in the league as phenomenal.

“People have been talking about records for weeks and weeks,” he said. “We can look back on them at the end of the season and say we’ve done an unbelievable job.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys for what they’ve done and the way they’ve gone about their business.

“They’ve had a big target on their back all season because we made a statement that we wanted to go up.

“It’s not just about what the players do and they understand that. It’s a big club effort and a big family effort – the backroom staff, the committee, the chairwoman, the groundstaff, the people in the clubhouse, everyone.”

Left-back Liam Gregory was named supporters’ player of the season. Lee Francis was in second place and Harper-Penman third.

Barnstaple’s season is not quite over. They play Willand Rovers in the final of the Les Phillips Cup at Bridport on Sunday, May 10.

 

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