A 2-1 win over Cribbs on Saturday strengthened Barnstaple’s position in the Toolstation Western League Premier.

Barnstaple Town closed the gap on league leaders Odd Down on Saturday with a 2-1 away win at Cribbs.

The win leaves Barum three points from the top of the Toolstation Western League Premier table in second place, although they have played an extra game.

Lee Francis opened the scoring for Barum on the hour, heading back across the goal and into the net after meeting a Liam Gregory cross.

Francis’s header was the climax in a well-worked move.

Barnstaple’s second came through Scott Sharp.

The substitute found himself through on goal with five minutes of the 90 remaining, dinking the ball over the goalkeeper before it nestled in the bottom corner.

Cribbs managed to get one back late into stoppage time.

Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo was delighted with the result.

He said: “We played extremely well. It wasn’t comfortable but we scored two great goals.

“Cribbs were close rivals with us last year, so to get three points, we’re delighted.”

Barnstaple are on the road again this evening (Tuesday) as they make the journey to Bitton, placed 13th in the table.

In the last meeting between the two sides in January, goals from Ryan Turner and Dave Pearse gave Barum a 2-0 victory at Mill Road.

But Yeo said he was under no illusions about the challenge his side will face.

“It’s a tough place to go at the best of times, and it’s no different tonight, especially given that it’s midweek,” he said.