Barnstaple Town ease to Southern League victory at Bridgwater Town

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BARNSTAPLE Town secured back-to-back league wins for the first time this season at Bridgwater Town.

Despite their recent impressive form – which stretched to one loss in eight Evo-Stik League Southern games with today’s victory – Barum hadn’t won two on the spin this campaign.

But that changed at Division One South and West basement side Bridgwater Town, as Ryan Turner bagged his second brace in a week to secure a 3-0 success.

The three points keep Barnstaple in 16th, but they are now four points ahead of Paulton Rovers, in 17th, and 19 clear of relegation as Barry Yeo’s men are all but guaranteed to be in the Southern League next term.

Bridgwater, who have now lost nine straight games, had their misery compounded when Jake Horsey was sent off late on for a foul on Turner.

It was the perfect start for Barnstaple as they took the lead after just three minutes when Turner controlled well and finished.

Strike partner James Blake went close when his header went just over the bar, before the lead was doubled with 31 minutes on the clock.

Blake played his part as he flicked on a Lee Francis throw-in into the path of Steve Holland who netted his second goal of the season, and first in the league.

It was from another Francis throw-in 12 minutes after the restart that it could have been three. This time defender Craig Allan headed wide.

Barnstaple continued to press in a bid to kill the game, and that eventually happened with 15 minutes left.

Blake set up Turner to make it five goals in his last three games.

Turner could have grabbed a hat-trick after 82 minutes when he burst through on goal, but Horsey brought him down and was subsequently sent for an early bath.

Barnstaple are on their travels again on Tuesday, when they make the trip to Paulton.

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