Barnstaple Town Western League goalscoring record is team effort


BARNSTAPLE Town have smashed their club record for goals scored in a Western League season with more than 10 games to go.

In 1993-94, Town hit 107 goals while winning the First Division.

As they romped to a 7-0 victory over Calne Town at Mill Road on Saturday, the history books were rewritten.

Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo paid tribute to his free-scoring team as they took their tally to 110 and extended their clean-sheet record to four consecutive games.

“The whole team is supplying a variety goals and it’s brilliant,” said Yeo.

“We told the centre-backs to chip in with five for the season and they have surpassed that target already.

“The goals are coming from midfield too and whichever pair of strikers we start with they are coming up with the goods.

“The 0-0 draw with Cheddar (last week) was disappointing but the players responded really well.

“I am delighted with the clean sheets just as much as I am with the goals because they give us the platform to go forward and win each game.

“We’ve set our standards high and it’s important we don’t let them drop.”

Barnstaple’s winning mentality was clear from the kick-off as wing-backs Steve Holland and Liam Gregory flew forward in a 3-5-2 formation and forced Calne to sit deep.

After 21 minutes the floodgates were open as Holland finished a sweeping move from left to right with a composed finished past the on-rushing Steve Allison.

Aaron Harper-Penman marshalled Barnstaple’s backline as each attack from the visitors was comfortably diverted.

The hosts had more attempts on goal through Jack Jenkins and Ross Jones before Holland again sped down the right and won a free-kick from Marcus Lovesey’s clumsy shoulder barge. The swinging set-piece was guided home by Jenkins to make it 2-0 with his 13th of the season.

Six minutes into the second half, Barnstaple’s formation worked again as Gregory whistled in a testing low cross for the hardworking Will Nicholls to poke home.

“We have played in that shape a few times but it wasn’t until the very last minute when I decided to go with it,” said Yeo.

“Sometimes it restricts our creativity, depending on how well we can work the ball out to the wide men, but it worked really well.”

After 61 minutes, Jenkins pushed a well-weighted ball through to Ryan Turner who forced a save from the goalkeeper but poacher Nicholls was on hand to grab his second.

Turner isn’t a player to miss out on a place on the scoresheet and he notched a fine solo effort four minutes later, dodging two challenges in the box before slotting home.

Two players stepped off the bench to add their names to the scoresheet in the final 20 minutes.

Lee Francis ghosted from the edge of the box into a shooting position and, while his first effort hit the post, he latched on to the rebound.

Making a rare appearance, Tom Rossiter added the seventh goal five minutes from time when he powered home Josh Phillips’s deep free-kick for his first Barnstaple goal since September 2013.

Barnstaple Town (3-5-2): Ryan Draper; Josh Phillips, Aaron Harper-Penman, James Mayne; Steve Holland, Jack Jenkins (Lee Francis 71), Ross Jones, Jed Harper-Penman, Liam Gregory; Will Nicholls (Tom Rossiter 80), Ryan Turner (Dave Pearse 68). Subs not used: Scott Huxtable, Jimmy Thorne.

Yellow card: Nicholls.

Goals: Holland 21; Jenkins 40; Nicholls 51, 61; Turner 65; Francis 78; Rossiter 85.

Calne Town (4-4-2): Steve Allison; Adam Shipman, Jake Jefferies, Marcus Lovesey (Harry Boakes 62), Alex Hamilton; Darrin Moss, Neurin Jones, Tom Boakes, Diogo Palmela-Casimino (Sam Rogers 73); Reece Allison, Stuart Windsor.

Yellow card: Lovesey, Shipman.

Attendance: 151.

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