Barnstaple Town suffer back-to-back Toolstation Western League defeats for first time this season

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BARNSTAPLE Town suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season as they lost at Cadbury Heath today.

After beating Cadbury 3-1 just over a month ago, Barnstaple were looking to complete the double over their rivals and bounce back from last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Melksham Town.

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But it wasn’t to be, as they went down 4-2 – meaning they have conceded eight goals in their last two Toolstation Western League Premier Division games, only three fewer than they had conceded in their previous 16.

Assistant manager Karl Baggaley said: “Things didn’t quite go to plan unfortunately.

“We huffed and puffed but didn’t really create much in the first half.”

It was the worst possible start for Barum, who remain seventh, as they found themselves 3-0 down at half-time.

It was 4-0 to Cadbury – who won for only the fourth time this season – shortly after the break, prompting Barnstaple to send on Will Nicholls to play in a three-man frontline with Ryan Turner and Dave Pearse.

The change seemed to have the desired effect as Ross Jones deflected an effort home before Lee Francis finished off a good team move to make it 4-2.

Barnstaple felt it should have been 4-3 when Turner seemed to have the ball over the line, but the referee deemed it didn’t cross.

Barum will be looking to put a miserable start to 2016 – in which they have lost both their games – firmly behind them when they welcome Bitton to Mill Road on Saturday.

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