MANAGER Barry Yeo was keen to deflect the spotlight from himself on to his “remarkable” Barnstaple Town players.
Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Welton Rovers – coupled with Bristol Manor Farm’s defeat against Brislington – meant Town cannot be caught in second place and have a Southern League place all but wrapped up.
It will be the first time in the club’s history Barnstaple have played that high and Yeo was delighted to bring the feel-good factor back to Mill Road.
“It wasn’t the best feeling around here for a while,” said Yeo. “I am a Barnstaple boy and I heard a lot of stuff said over the last 15-20 years.
“But there has always been potential here locally and people might start believing that now.
“Whether this side goes on and stays together for years to come – hopefully they do – what they have done this season is nothing short of remarkable.”
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It was Barum’s 16-game unbeaten run – ended on Tuesday by a 2-0 defeat at Longwell Green Sports – which was the catalyst for back-to-back promotions.
“I am proud to be the manager of this club,” said Yeo. “It is a big achievement from them.
“The club has come a long way since I took over two and a half years ago. We were 10th in the First Division and I set a five-year plan.
“So to go back-to-back is pretty special, but the lads deserve all the credit because they have been absolutely fantastic.”