Barnstaple Town v Brislington: Toolstation Western League match preview

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BARNSTAPLE Town can’t wait “to get back out there” against Brislington tomorrow.

Barry Yeo’s men have only taken to the pitch once since December 5 – a 3-1 home win against Cadbury Heath – as they didn’t have a fixture on Boxing Day and their trip to Odd Down on Saturday was postponed.

But, weather permitting, they will take on 11th-placed Brislington for their first game of 2016.

Yeo and his players have held extra training sessions over Christmas and New Year, and will be boosted by the return of captain Aaron Harper-Penman, who has served a suspension.

“We had a good few training sessions over Christmas and had another one on Tuesday,” said Yeo.

“But nothing beats playing so we are really looking forward to getting a game again.

“We just want to get back out there and play as it seems like forever since we last played a game.

“The lads love playing and we are on a decent run so we look forward to Saturday, we will prepare in the right manner and hope the game gets the go-ahead.”

Barnstaple have only lost one of their last 11 league games and sit fourth in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, 12 points off the top with six games in hand.

They will, however, still be without defender James Mayne, who continues to serve his suspension for the red card received against Odd Down.

Brislington have found consistency hard to come by this season, shown by the fact they have won eight and lost eight – with four wins away and four at home.

They have lost back-to-back away games 4-1 and have won just once in their last four outings.

Frank Gingell and Alexander Lambert lead their scoring charts on five goals apiece.

Barnstaple have struggled in recent meetings between the two, having won only one of their last six.

Last six league meetings:

January 12, 2013: Barnstaple Town 2 (Harper-Penman 2) Brislington 6

September 15, 2012: Brislington 2 Barnstaple Town 2 (Knowles, Jones)

November 12, 2011: Brislington 2 Barnstaple Town 1 (Darch pen)

October 1, 2011: Barnstaple Town 1 (Hopcroft) Brislington 2

January 29, 2011: Barnstaple Town 1 (Paxton) Brislington 0

September 25, 2010: Brislington 1 Barnstaple Town 1 (Foster)

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