Late goal ends Barnstaple’s unbeaten run

09:49 31 March 2014

Aaron Harper-Penman saw an effort cleared off the line as Barnstaple lost to Chippenham

Aaron Harper-Penman saw an effort cleared off the line as Barnstaple lost to Chippenham

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Barnstaple Town 0-1 Chippenham Park

BARNSTAPLE Town’s eight match unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday as a late goal gave Chippenham Park victory at Mill Road.

Town were denied by a 92nd minute Shane Blackmore header in a keenly contested game which the home side will feel they easily could have won.

Barnstaple were on top in the first half, but unable to create any clear-cut chances until Ross Jones rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive.

Aaron Harper-Penman came close in the second half, but saw his goal-bound header scrambled clear off the line.

Town continued to apply pressure, with Ryan Turner going close and Jed Harper-Penman firing a chance over in the later stages.

Just as it looked like the game would finish goalless, the home side’s defence switched off from a stoppage time corner and allowed Shane Blackmore a free header, which he duly took advantage of.

Despite the disappointing defeat, Barnstaple remain in the thick of the play-off place hunt in sixth with a handful of games in hand on the four sides directly above them.

They go to Warminster Town on Wednesday night, before a trip to Roman Glass St George on Saturday.

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