A 2-0 win over Welton Rovers on Saturday secured second place in the Toolstation Western League Premier for Barnstaple Town
Barnstaple Town will be playing Southern League football next season.
Barum beat Welton Rovers 2-0 in the Toolstation Western League Premier on Saturday at Mill Road thanks to goals from Niall Heeney and Lee Francis.
The win, and Bristol Manor Farm’s 3-2 defeat to Brislington, ensured Barnstaple would finish no lower than second place.
Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo reflected on a great day for the club.
“I’m absolutely delighted, it was such a great day with fixtures going our way,” he said.
“I’m absolutely buzzing with what went on and managing to clinch second – it’s great for everyone involved.”
Barnstaple were slow to hit their stride against bottom-of-the-league Welton.
But the home side came out in the second half with a bit more vigour and eventually went ahead before the hour, thanks to Heeney.
The centre-back had his penalty saved, but was first to react to the rebound to head the ball in.
Francis’s goal came with 15 minutes remaining, just after news started to filter through that Brislington had taken the lead at Bristol.
“It was a poor first half in front of a big, expecting crowd – we didn’t get going at all,” said Yeo.
“But we went out in the second half and started creating more and we wore them down – it was a relief after the first goal and after that it was comfortable.”
Barnstaple will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run tonight (Tuesday) as they travelled to Longwell Green Sports.
They will finish the season on Saturday at Melksham Town, and Yeo would like to see Barum’s unbeaten run stay in tact.
“We’d love to stay undefeated for the second half of the season.
“We’ve got two games left and it’s going to be tough – Longwell beat Buckland Athletic on Saturday.
“It would be easy to switch off now, but we’ve got a job to do and we’re full of confidence.
“Then we go to Melksham on Saturday; we’ve had a really nice message from their manager, it should be a good day.”