BARNSTAPLE Town drew 2-2 with Bristol Manor Farm in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
Town stormed to a 2-0 lead in the first half through Aaron Harper-Penman and Ryan Turner before struggling to maintain the same pace in the second period as the hosts struck back through Dean Stamp’s double.
Nevertheless, manager Barry Yeo was pleased with his side’s response following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to 10-man Street during midweek.
“It’s a decent point for us in the end,” said Yeo. “It’s an improvement on Tuesday – the first half was pleasing but the second not so much.”
Centre back Harper-Penman made haste into the box and claimed his first goal of the season as he lashed the ball into the net after Manor Farm had failed to clear.
Turner doubled the lead with his second league goal of the season, and fifth in all competitions, after good work from Steve Holland to slide the ball across the box.
However, it was after the break where Barnstaple started to lose momentum.
“In the first half we were really good but in the second they came out and did exactly what we did to them,” said Yeo.
Steve Oliver made one good save when Town were on the ropes but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do about Stamp’s terrific finish on the hour mark.
The home side continued to march forward and Stamp notched his second after 76 minutes and the visitors held on to a point with a series of edge-of-the-box blocks.