Barnstaple Town hit back to beat Bradford Town in the Toolstation Western League

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Barnstaple trailed 2-0 at the break in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division game but late efforts from Jed Harper-Penman, Ryan Turner and a Niall Heeney penalty sent the three points back to North Devon.

It was a game Barum, looking to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing defeat to Hengrove Athletic, dominated for large periods, with Dave Pearse having a late effort ruled out and Harper-Penman with a strike cleared off the line.

Despite going in two down at the break, Barry Yeo’s men were encouraged to keep playing their positive brand of football, and the message paid off with 20 minutes to go.

Harper-Penman was first to score when he turned in the box and hit an effort which went under the keeper.

And five minutes later the teams were all square as Turner, back in the squad following a trip to Las Vegas, headed home after Harper-Penman’s free-kick had clattered the woodwork.

The turnaround was complete after 80 minutes when Liam Gregory’s mazy run drew a foul in the box and Heeney stepped up to confidently fire home the penalty.

The win means Barnstaple have still only lost once in the league since August 19.

Assistant manager Karl Baggely said: “We are delighted because we got the win but I said as we went in at half-time I didn’t feel we were going to lose the game.

“As soon as we scored one we knew it was a matter of time before we got the second.

“We just carried on playing the way we played previous games and got our just rewards.”

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