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Monday, August 19, 2013
Barnstaple Town 0-2 Brislington
Barnstaple Town’s hopes of an FA Cup run were dashed by Western League Premier side Brislington at Mill Road on Saturday.
Despite dominating for large parts of the game, Barnstaple were beaten 2-0 in front of the ITV cameras and a bumper crowd of almost 300.
Goals from Frank Gingell and Neikell Plummer meant Town suffered their first defeat of the season so far, having won both of their Western League Division One matches.
Town went close on a number of occasions but could not force the ball over the line. Nippy winger Billy Tucker looked a threat and was disappointed to hear a first-half penalty appeal fall on deaf ears.
Manager Tom Bulley said despite the negative result, he couldn’t fault the performance.
“It was a fantastic performance,” he said.
“We were extremely unlucky and dominated the game.
“It’s disappointing. We deserved a lot better, but we should be encouraged. They are a strong Premier side and we were the better team.
“The crowd were great, too. It’s great to be matching the likes of Tiverton and Bideford who are a few leagues above us. We are going to need that support if we’re going to succeed in the league.”
The FA Cup proved a good experience for many of Town’s players, whose focus now turns back onto the league clash with Wincanton on Tuesday evening, after the North Devon Gazette went to press.
“Wincanton look good but I’m confident in my players to go out and get a result,” said Bulley.
“Going forwards, we are a big threat and need to make sure we take our chances.”