Barnstaple Town’s frontmen form pleases manager Barry Yeo

BARRY Yeo is happy to see his Barnstaple Town strikers hitting the goal trail early.

Five games in to pre-season and Ryan Turner, James Blake, Dave Pearse and Scott Sharp have all scored.

Pearse leads the way with four, Blake and Sharp both have two and last season’s top scorer Turner has one.

Goals have not been hard to come by for Barnstaple in recent seasons, but Yeo was glad his frontmen were finding form early.

He was particularly pleased new signing Blake – who suffered a groin injury against Launceston two weeks ago – was off the mark at his new club.

“It is good to get the strikers up and running,” he said. “I am pleased Blakey is off the mark as he has been struggling with his groin but had a good week training, came in and scored two goals (in a 4-1 win against Willand Rovers).

“I think he was frustrated with the injury and missing a week through work but it is what it is.

“We have brought him into the club because we know what he is capable of. He will be ready for the season and he wants to be performing.

“He probably had five or six chances against Willand and he was frustrated with the ones he missed but you could see the belief when he scored.

“He wants to get goals but I said it is not just about scoring them. He created one for Turns (against Cullompton Rangers) as well on Tuesday, which was pleasing.”

Blake is one of two new faces in at Mill Road, along with former Paulton Rovers defender Craig Allan.

Barnstaple did their business early and Yeo admitted it was highly unlikely there will be any more ins or outs at the club.

“I am delighted with what we have got,” he said. “You can have so many players that you don’t get to look at them all of the time.

“But our squad has been the same throughout pre-season and it is important for players to get something out of that.

“We have a very, very good squad and our players will be ready for the season.”

Yeo said one or two may be dual-registered with Barnstaple and Macron South West Peninsula League sides Torridgeside or Appledore.

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