A LACK of organisation cost Barnstaple Town as they lost 1-0 to Buckland Athletic in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.
Liam Head nodded home the winner from a set-piece after nine minutes as Town were handed their first defeat this season.
Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo admitted his side didn’t do enough going forward but had no qualms about being edged out by a team he considers title contenders.
“They are good side,” said Yeo. “They’ll win more than they lose this year, put it that way. I expect them to be one of the title contenders.
“It was a really close game but there wasn’t a lot of quality in it. They were a big, strong physical side and it worked for them.”
Town conceded after just nine minutes. Unusually disorganised at the back, they allowed Head to sneak free and finish.
In a game glued to the middle of the park, neither side carved out chances, although Ryan Turner found the net, only for it to be disallowed.
“Turner had a chance from a set-piece and I wouldn’t say it was offside but we didn’t do enough going forward for the rest of the game, so we’re not going to make excuses,” said Yeo.
It was the same pattern in the second half as Barnstaple attacked but produced only a few half chances from crosses.
“We didn’t do a lot and, to be honest, it felt like time just passed us by.” said Yeo.
On Saturday, Barnstaple visit Shepton Mallet who have won their opening two league matches.