‘Great away performance’ secures Southern League football for Barnstaple Town

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Barum were 3-0 winners at Winchester City on Saturday in Division One South and West

Barnstaple Town recovered from a midweek defeat to notch up one of their best wins of the season on Saturday.

They beat Winchester City 3-0 in the Southern League.

The win means 17th-placed Barnstaple are officially safe from relegation in their first season in Division One South and West.

Manager Barry Yeo praised the ‘typical away performance’ from his side.

“To go anywhere and win 3-0 is a good performance,” he said.

“It was a great result for us. We were physical, we were strong and showed good quality at times.

“It also secured our Southern League status for next season, which is great.”

“We deserved to be in front at half-time on reflection.

“They came out in the second half and had a lot of possession and pressure but we had a great shape and Olly hasn’t had a lot to do.”

The home team gifted Barum the best possible start when Jamie Ford sliced the ball into his own net with just three minutes gone.

After going ahead, Barnstaple had to see out some pressure on their goal, with Steve Oliver saving a free kick and Craig Allan clearing one off the line on the cusp of half-time.

The visitors had chances of their own though, with a deflection keeping Kyle Paine from adding to the lead.

Oliver was called into action again after the break, tipping a free-kick over the bar.

The killer blow came with 13 minutes remaining.

Ryan Turner was brought down by Lewis Noice in the box, and the goalkeeper was duly booked.

Liam Gregory took the resulting spot-kick, sending Noice the wrong way to double the lead.

Shaun Copp added a third with two minutes of the 90 remaining, turning in a flick-on from Allan at the back post.

It was Copp’s first action for Barum since recovering from an operation.

Barnstaple welcome Slimbridge to Mill Road on Saturday.

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