BARNSTAPLE Town’s winning streak reached eight games as they beat Gillingham Town 2-0 tonight.
A goal in each half from Will Nicholls and Dave Pearse extended the run and tightened Town’s grip on third place in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
A win at home against struggling Longwell Green Sports on Saturday will move them above Bristol Manor Farm into second.
With Ryan Turner troubled by a hamstring problem and named among the substitutes, Nicholls started up front at Gillingham and scored his fifth goal of the season midway through the first half from an assist by Craig Allan.
It was 2-0 just after the hour mark when Nicholls’s fellow striker Pearse finished from close range after a goalmouth scramble.
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Pearse, who scored both goals in Barnstaple’s 2-1 win over Buckland Athletic on Easter Monday, now has four in the last five games and 18 this season in all competitions.
An eighth successive win on Saturday would equal the longest run of league victories Barum enjoyed in last season’s First Division title-winning campaign.