BARNSTAPLE Town left the field with their heads held high after being beaten by a Poole Town penalty in the Emirates FA Cup.
The last time the sides met, in a preliminary-round tie in 2009, Poole ran out 7-2 winners with Charlie Austin, now at QPR, scoring a hat-trick.
Today, Barnstaple restricted last season’s Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division runners-up to a 1-0 win in first round qualifying.
Steve Devlin scored the winner from the penalty spot on 23 minutes after Luke Roberts drew a foul.
Barry Yeo, the Barnstaple manager, said: “I was really proud of the way the boys went about their business.
“To lose to a penalty was disheartening and we came off the pitch a bit disappointed. But they are a very, very good side and we stifled them and limited them to not a lot.”
Liam Gregory cleared a Roberts headed off the line at a corner before Barnstaple, who are 48 places below Poole in the non-League pyramid, threw men forward in an attempt to grab a late equaliser.
“We wanted to be in the game with 15-20 minutes left and we were,” said Yeo. “At the end we had a right good go. The ball was bobbling around in the box and we just wanted a little bit of luck.
“We would have loved to have brought them back to our place (for a replay) but it was no disgrace.”