BARNSTAPLE Town manager Barry Yeo is not looking at the league table despite his side claiming a sixth straight win.
Barum are fifth in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division after a 2-0 success at Hallen and are six points off top spot with four games in hand.
Goals from Niall Heeney and Liam Gregory earned Town the points and handed Hallen just their second home defeat of the season, but Yeo said there is no pressure on his players to repeat last season’s promotion feat.
“I try not to look at the table,” said Yeo. “Everyone says about it but we are just trying to keep ourselves to ourselves without any pressure on the lads.”We know we are a good side and can win games but it is important we enjoy it as well.
“They are a confident bunch of lads, they had pressure last year to get promotion and win the league and get promotion, but there isn’t that same pressure this year. They have to work hard but enjoy it and play the right way.”
Despite being without a host of recognised defenders for the game, Barnstaple made the perfect start when Heeney tucked away a first-minute penalty.
The visitors let Hallen come on to them after the goal but resolute defending kept any chances for the hosts at a premium.
The game was wrapped up just after the hour when Gregory got his name on the scoresheet.
Barnstaple have scored 11 goals and not conceded in their last three away league games.
“I am absolutely delighted with the result,” said Yeo.
“We had three centre-backs missing and went there with barely an 11 so we had to mix it around but they were still fantastic.
“It wasn’t our best but organisationally we were fantastic and we have done exceptionally well to get the win.
“We knew it was going to be tough as they were on a good run but the longer the game went on the more and more confident we got.”
Debbie Baker has joined Barnstaple as commercial manager. Chairman Jasmine Chesters said: “She is joining a great group of people working hard to keep Barnstaple’s name on everyone’s lips when it comes to football.”