MANAGER Barry Yeo hailed one of Barnstaple Town’s best performances of the season as they beat North Leigh.
Ryan Turner’s brace helped Barum get back to winning ways in Evo-Stik League Southern against their play-off chasing opponents.
A first-half double from top scorer Turner, along with an excellent late strike from Jack Jenkins secured the 3-1 triumph at Mill Road.
The victory moved Barnstaple up a place to 16th in Division One South and West and 16 points clear of the relegation zone.
“More than the win, I was pleased with the all-round performance,” said Yeo.
“It was probably the best of the season and if not it was right up there.
“We were at it from minute one. North Leigh are a good side but we never gave them a minute’s rest.
“I was delighted for the lads as they put a lot of work in for it. We were fantastic and it was three points we thoroughly deserved.”
Turner’s first-half double sandwiched an effort from North Leigh’s Morgan Williams to send Barnstaple 2-1 up at half-time.
The visitors hadn’t tasted defeat away from home since November 5, but that run was ended when Jenkins volleyed home late on.
It means Barnstaple have tasted just one league defeat in their last seven and put the 2-1 reverse at previous basement boys Wantage behind them.
“We felt we let ourselves down at Wantage,” said Yeo. “It was a disappointing performance but we have bounced back which is pleasing.
“On Saturday we were pressing from the off, we showed good quality and game management to control it.”