Turner double gives Barnstaple Town a point at Southern League champions Hereford


A 10-man Barnstaple Town battled for a famous point against runaway champions Hereford in the Southern League this afternoon (Saturday).

A Ryan Turner brace ensured Barum became only the fourth team to take points off the Division One West champions at Edgar Street this season.

In front of a crowd of 2,668, it was Barnstaple who opened the scoring after 31 minutes when Turner lobbed goalkeeper Max Harris.

The vistors’ task got much harder on the cusp of half-time however, when Liam Gregory was sent off for a second booking just three minutes after picking up his first.

Barnstaple worked hard to keep the home side out in the second half, with Aaron Harper-Penman blocking two of the Bulls’ chances.

But Hereford broke Barnstaple’s resistance with 11 minutes remaining through captain Joel Edwards.

It got worse for Barum a minute later. John Mills pounced on a ball into the box and took a touch before side-footing the ball beyond Steve Oliver and into the net for a 2-1 lead.

But Barum weren’t done, and Turner gave them their equaliser with just one minute of the 90 remaining.

When Jack Jenkins’ long range effort came back off the crossbar, Turner was in the right place at the right time to tap it in.

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