Barnstaple Town to play Southern League football next season

BARNSTAPLE Town will play their football in the Southern League next season.

Barum finished their Toolstation Western League Premier Division campaign second, but title-winners Odd Down withdrew their application to step up a tier.

Mill Road had already passed a Southern League inspection, but the club faced an anxious wait to see if they had been accepted into Division One South and West.

An FA meeting today – which has structured Step 1 to Step 4 in the non-league – confirmed Barry Yeo and his side will make the move up divisions.

Barnstaple are one of three teams to come up into the division, along with big-hitters Hereford FC and Salisbury.

They are joined by North Devon rivals Bideford and Paulton Rovers – both were relegated from the Premier Division.

The news caps off a memorable two years for Yeo, who has guided his side to back-to-back promotions and broken the club’s long-standing unbeaten record.

Next season Barnstaple will make trips to the likes trips to the likes of Taunton Town, Tiverton Town and Evesham United.

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