Barnstaple Town’s Aaron Harper-Penman confident side can deal with Western League fixture list

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THERE is no reason Barnstaple Town cannot deal with a congested fixture list.

That was the view of captain Aaron Harper-Penman after his side’s home clash with Brislington was called off today.

The postponement means Barnstaple are yet to play a Toolstation Western League Premier Division game this year, and have only featured once since December 5.

Fixtures will pile up in the second half of the season for Town, but Harper-Penman was confident his team would take it in their stride – as they did on their way to the First Division title last year.

“When the weather is like this, you know games will be called off,” he said. “You know (matches on) Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday is coming.

“It does get tough on the squad and to get the points on the board is more of an advantage (than games in hand), but we did this last year.

“It isn’t as though we haven’t done it before, so there is no reason we can’t go on a good run and get a few points on the board.

“It will be tough, like anything, as nothing is given to you, but I know everyone will be up for the challenge.”

Barum are fourth in the Premier Division, two points behind third-placed Street with four games in hand and 12 behind leaders Bristol Manor Farm with six games in hand.

Today’s game against Brislington, in 11th place, would have given Barry Yeo’s men the chance to close that gap, but Harper-Penman, who was set to return after suspension, said the day wasn’t completely wasted.

“As soon as the game was called off we had a training session,” he said.

“We had a good couple of hours so we were still ticking along and keeping on top of fitness, but obviously matches would be preferable.”

Barnstaple will look to go again at Mill Road against Melksham Town on Saturday.

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