Barnstaple will play St Blazey following extra-time winner.

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BARNSTAPLE Town booked their passage into the first round proper of this season’s FA Carlsberg Vase with an extra-time winner against Wellington on Saturday.

Ross Jones’ far post header in the first minute of the extra period earned Barum a trip to South West Peninsula Premier Division side St Blazey on October 13.

Barnstaple made a good start at Mill Road, taking a 22nd minute lead against their Western League first division opponents, Kyle Bassett putting the ball in the net from close range after latching onto Ollie Marshall’s through ball.

Wellington – who were beginning life under the managership of Jamie Ward, appointed in midweek to replace the sacked Colin Merrick – were worthy of their equaliser four minutes before the break.

Mark Clunie’s inswinging corner from the right was met by a thumping header from big central defender Ollie Feltham.

While chances were scarce for both teams, Bassett looked a constant threat for the hosts.

But it was Jones who applied the vital finish after a neat cross by Roger Ingham.

Ilfracombe win

In the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, Ilfracombe Town got back to winning ways with a convincing 2-0 home victory over Hallen at Marlborough Park on Saturday afternoon.

‘Combe never let the visitors into the game and with James Mayne and Gary Skinner in uncompromising moods at the centre of the home defence, Hallen struggled to create any real clear cut chances.

The Bluebirds took the lead mid way through the first half, Steve Oliver delivering the ball forward early with a pin point goal kick to set Shaun Lewis on the run.

With the visiting defender already aware of Lewis’ pace he brought the striker down to concede the foul. Player manager Ross Middleton whipped in the resulting free kick and Ryan Turner finished brilliantly with a flicked header.

Ilfracombe continued to look dangerous, Turner inches away from grabbing his second after lobbing the keeper with a looping half volley that bounced just wide of the post.

Hallen struggled to get a chance on goal for much of the first half but tested Oliver for the first time right on the stroke of half time, a good strike from the left forcing Oliver to parry over the bar.

The teams went in 1-0 at half time and unsurprisingly the vistors came out with their ears ringing. They pushed hard to find an equaliser but as they struggled to break down a much-disciplined ‘Combe team their tempers started to fray as the tackles began to fly.

A free-kick from 25-yards was smashed into the top corner by Karl Baggaley to make it 2-0.

With a cushion, the victory was never in doubt and the scoreline could have been more had Shaun Copp, on for Turner, and Lewis taken chances in the closing stages.

Manager Middleton said it was the reaction he’d hoped for after last week’s defeat at Bishops Sutton.

“Kevin Darch and I had a good chat in the week and we decided to make a few changes and give the lads a very simple game plan,” said Middleton.

“They made it work. I can’t emphasise how hard they worked for each other today, it was a massive team effort.

“Hallen are always a very good passing team and we knew we’d have to be at our best to get anything from today but we never let them settle and looked comfortable by the end.

“I want us to start keeping clean sheets and James Mayne was immense at the back; he made copious amounts of tackles and blocks and when he wasn’t there Gary Skinner was instantly on the case to do the same.

“I asked Shauny and Ryan to give me everything up- front as I didn’t want their defenders to have a chance to play; with Billy Tucker joining them on occasions the defenders left here hating the sight of them.

“The lads who were subbed had given everything and those who came on were brilliant; they stepped in and realised they had to hit the ground running to keep the tempo up.

“We need to push on now and realise that’s the work rate we need every week.”

n Ilfracombe are at home to Wells City on Saturday, while Barnstaple travel to Brislington.

On Tuesday night, Ilfracombe travel to Street.

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