Barnstaple Town’s performance against Bridgwater Town delights manager Barry Yeo

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MANAGER Barry Yeo was pleased to see Barnstaple Town rediscover their clinical nature in a 5-0 thrashing of Bridgwater Town.

They had scored just three goals at home in Evo-Stik League Southern before Tuesday night’s match.

It signalled a return to their recent Toolstation Western League days, when the goals flowed freely.

And Yeo said he never doubted his side would get back on the goal trail.

“Every side has it – it happens,” said Yeo. “People start thinking about it but we tried to get the players relaxed, get it out of their minds and be boisterous.

“We went out there on Tuesday and our intent was to get forward as much as we could.

“Our season isn’t made on Saturday’s game (a 5-0 defeat to Salisbury), they are the games you try to enjoy and learn from.

“Tuesday’s game was when we had to roll our sleeves up and get on with it. I thought that to a man their attitude was spot on.”

Jack Jenkins’s brace, one from summer signing James Blake and two from captain Aaron Harper-Penman earned Barnstaple their biggest home league win since beating Calne Town 7-0 in February last year.

Four of those goals came in seven first-half minutes – a rampant spell which Yeo said his side “know they have in them”. But the Barum boss was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after climbing four places in the league to 14th.

“We know every side is capable of beating us,” said Yeo. “But on our day we know we can give anyone a game.

“We have proved that and shown that this season.

“It is tough in this league, we try to do things our way.

“These are local boys out there who give their all every week which the supporters appreciate.

“(Offered) 5-0 before the game I would have bitten your hand off. Five goals, a clean sheet and some great performances.”

Barnstaple are in Buildbase FA Trophy action on Saturday as they travel to Southern Premier side Dorchester Town.

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