Barnstaple Town suffer heaviest Southern League defeat at Salisbury FC

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BARNSTAPLE Town’s three-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt at Salisbury FC today.

The Wiltshire side continued their fine home form, in which they have won five and drawn one in Evo-Stik League Southern Division One South and West, with a convincing 5-0 victory.

Barum’s last away trip saw them hit five in an excellent FA Trophy success at Farnborough, but they couldn’t replicate that performance at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium as they slipped to 18th in the table.

After back-to-back defeats Steve Claridge was looking for a response from his side, and – after James Mayne had headed just wide – they got one as they took the lead from the spot.

Mayne was adjudged to have handled in the box and Thomas Wright did the necessary to make it 12 goals in 12 league games.

Wright had two more chances before the break but Steve Oliver kept him at bay as the first 45 finished 1-0 to the hosts.

It was in the second half that Salisbury showed their promotion intentions to the 621 in attendance.

Just four minutes had elapsed when Mahlondo Martin’s cross was headed home by Kane O’Keefe and 12 after that Justin Bennett scored an excellent solo effort to make it 3-0.

The fourth came after 79 minutes when Tom Whelan did well to set up Bennett again for his second and Salisbury rounded things off with a good Lewis Benson finish on the stroke of full-time.

Barum will be hoping to put their heaviest defeat of the season firmly behind them when they host lowly Bridgwater Town on Tuesday.

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