BARRY Yeo admitted Barnstaple Town’s 3-2 defeat at Mangotsfield United was “gut-wrenching”.
But the Barum boss was delighted with how his side bounced back from disappointing home losses to Willand Rovers and Bishop’s Cleeve.
Ryan Turner scored twice – one either side of half-time – as Barnstaple went 2-0 up at third-placed Mangotsfield on Tuesday.
United had not dropped so much as a point at Corsham Street in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West and proved their promotion credentials with a stirring comeback.
Ryan Bath got the winner four minutes from time after Ryan Batten’s fine header and one from eight-goal hitman Lewis Powell had drawn the hosts level.
Despite stretching their run to just one win in eight, Yeo was philosophical after the defeat.
“Gutted would be the word I would use,” he said.
“But, to be honest, for 60 minutes we were absolutely fantastic. We were 2-0 up, playing well and more than holding our own.
“They threw everything at us and we defended really well but they went and pinched it at the end, which is gut-wrenching as I thought we deserved something from it.
“I was so pleased with the lads and genuinely gutted for them. Everything about it was pleasing apart from the result and going forward there are a lot of positives to take.”
After Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Bishop’s Cleeve – one which saw them stretch their goal drought at Mill Road to almost six hours – Yeo admitted the profligacy in front of goal was “becoming a problem”.
But it took just six minutes to open the scoring on Tuesday with a lovely Turner finish after Jed Harper-Penman had teed up Lee Francis for the assist.
Turner scored from a one-on-one six minutes into the second half as Barum became the first team to score twice at Mangotsfield since Larkhall Athletic won there 2-1 in February.
“We got the performance I wanted and that was great,” said Yeo.
“I’m not going to moan about the result because we were great on the night and we were just unfortunate to come away with nothing. I can’t fault anyone.”
Barnstaple’s scheduled opponents on Saturday, North Leigh, are in FA Cup action so the North Devon side will not play until Tuesday, when they host Tiverton Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup.