An injury-time equaliser on Saturday kept Barnstaple Town’s long unbeaten run in the Toolstation Western League intact.

Town were well below their sparkling best for the weekend trip to Wellington, but looked relatively untroubled for the majority of a poor game.

But when they conceded for the first time in more than 1,000 minutes of football in the 87th minute, it looked like Barry Yeo’s men could be on the wrong end of a league game score line for the first time since the second game of the season.

In truth, Wellington would probably have been good value for the three points, putting in a far stronger performance than in their 7-1 defeat to Barnstaple at Mill Road on Boxing Day.

They had made by far the better chances in the second half, and when the goal went in it was effervescently celebrated.

But Barnstaple have not remained unbeaten for so long without showing terrific fighting spirit, and that was to come on show again.

They hit straight back, and after a free kick was only half cleared, Aaron Harper-Penman picked out Dave Pearse who headed in expertly for his 20th of the campaign.

In the chasing pack, Cribbs and Welton were both denied victories as well to keep Barnstaple in control of the first division title race.

Their lead may be shortened by the next time they play in the league, though, as they go to Hallen for the Les Phillips Cup semi-finals on Saturday. They face Hengrove Athletic on Tuesday.