The club played their last fixture in the North Devon Gazette Football League on Saturday

Barnstaple AAC have played their final game in the North Devon Gazette Football League.

The club’s last game of the season in the Senior division was at Putford on Saturday.

The club formed in 1946, and after a long history in the league, which included Devon Cup, Torridge Cup and Westward Ho! Cup triumphs, manager Mark Beades confirmed the club had played their last game, saying they were ‘no longer’.

“There’s been a lack of interest and it’s been getting harder and harder to fulfil the fixtures.

“It’s been hard work. There were a couple of occasions where we weren’t able to fulfil the fixture, and we’ve lost a lot of players over the last 18 months – a lot of players.”

Beades, who has been at the club for the 20 years, and has managed the side for the past two seasons, said the club could no longer recruit like many of their rivals.

“We have been trying to get other players in, but we just haven’t been able to get new blood in,” he said.

“If you look at sides like Braunton and Boca, they’ve all got that someone who can get young players in, and that’s something we’ve missed.”

“There are so many people who have been involved at the club – Alan Stevens, Jez Hill, Mark Thorne and Danny Wriggler – they’ve all done a lot for the club and there are a lot more.”

Ammies’ game at Putford got off to a shaky start, as they went 1-0 down.

But two goals from Liam Beer and further contributions from Mark Thorne and Steve Isaac helped them to a 4-2 lead.

But they were unable to hang on, with the match finishing 4-4.

“Eight goals makes it sound like a thriller, but to be honest it was probably one of the worst games of football you’re ever likely to see,” said Beades.

Ammies finish the season in mid-table in ninth place, notching up 13 wins over the course of the campaign.