A LATE Dave Pearse effort extended Barnstaple Town’s unbeaten run to 15 games tonight at league leaders Odd Down.
Pearse turned home strike partner Ryan Turner’s assist to secure a 1-1 draw and remain firmly in the driving seat for promotion from the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
Barum, in second, may lie three points off the Bath side, having played a game more, but they are five points ahead of Bristol Manor Farm and 10 ahead of Buckland Athletic with just three games to go.
It could have been even better for Barnstaple had Turner’s header not hit the post as the clock struck 90.
They started this game well enough, with captain Aaron Harper-Penman and Shaun Copp replaced by Scott Huxtable and Jed Harper-Penman in the starting XI.
Jack Jenkins curled an early free-kick just wide before Adnan Hiroli’s 20th-minute strike opened the deadlock for the hosts.
Jenkins had another effort 20 minutes after the break when his shot trickled just wide. That chance was sandwiched between strikes from 30-goal striker Turner. His first was well saved and the second flew wide.
Captain for the night Lee Francis came closer still after 77 minutes when his drive skimmed the top of the bar.
Pressure was building from Barnstaple, and the goal came as Turner – so often the goal hero – turned provider for Pearse to earn a valuable point.