Four sent off as Barnstaple clinch last-minute win

10:01 13 January 2014

Billy Tucker scored two penalties to see Barnstaple to victory in a remarkable game on Saturday. PHOTO: Brian Saunders

Billy Tucker scored two penalties to see Barnstaple to victory in a remarkable game on Saturday. PHOTO: Brian Saunders

Archant

Barnstaple 4-3 Oldland Abbotonians

Barnstaple Town were made to sweat as they picked up a memorable 4-3 victory against struggling Oldland Abbotonians as tempers flared at Mill Road on Saturday.

Four players saw red as a brawl broke out towards the end of the game, with a strong protest from an Oldland player leading to three of the away side’s players being given their marching orders. Town ‘keeper Ryan Draper was also sent off in the incident.

Earlier on, the home side went in front in a topsy-turvy match through an Aaron Harper-Penman goal, before being pegged back just before half time by a Thomas Smallman strike.

And it was the visitors who went in front early in the second period, as Thomas Shopland found the mark to worry the home side.

Billy Tucker converted a penalty to put Barnstaple back on level terms, but the hosts were behind again when they let in an own goal.

Jack Jenkins equalised for Barnstaple to make it 3-3 and set up a thrilling finale, which saw the referee point to the penalty spot for a second time in the 91st minute, sparking protests from the visiting players.

Tucker held his nerve, though, to score his 20th of the season and make sure that Barnstaple recorded a vital three points.

They travel to Almondsbury UWE on Saturday.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

12:32
Netball

North Devon netball team end the year top of regional league

Read more
12:28
The CrossFit North Devon team in Bath

Crossfit North Devon (CFND) took a team of 12 athletes to the first European Strength in Depth fitness competition at Bath University Sports Centre this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:51

Post remains open as Torrington lose again

Read more
Yesterday, 13:45
Braunton Reserves (lighter) and Hartland (darker) both had a good weekend. Pic: platinumimages.uk.com

This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read Sport

Family notices
Subscriptions
Reader travel
Advertise
Photo Orders
Competitions
Facebook
Twitter
North Devon Football League
North Devon Surf report

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition
North Devon�s trusted business finder