Goals from Shaun Copp, Kyle Paine and James Blake helped Barum to three points in Division One South and West

Barnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt SmartBarnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt Smart

Barnstaple Town made it back-to-back wins in the Southern League this afternoon (Saturday) with a 3-1 win over Slimbridge.

Goals from Shaun Copp and Kyle Paine gave Barum a commanding lead at half-time, in an entertaining clash at Mill Road.

The visitors pulled one back through Adam Mace in the second half to set up a nervy finish before James Blake's stoppage time lob sealed three points.

With the home side's Southern League status secure in last week's 3-0 win over Winchester, it would have been easy for them to tail off going into the season's final month.

While it wasn't quite vintage from Barnstaple, they were deserving of their half-time lead after dominating play.

They took the lead after 14 minutes with Copp finishing off a set-piece straight from the training ground.

Jack Jenkins' free kick was floated over to the back post, where Aaron Harper-Penman was able to nod the ball back across goal. Copp, who had been standing over the free-kick in the first instance, was first to the ball, tapping in for a goal in his first start since recovering from an operation on a punctured lung in January.

The game had been evenly contested until then, but the home side went up a gear after the goal.

Barnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt SmartBarnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt Smart

The pace of Paine and Ryan Turner was an issue for Slimbridge - who were limited to a bare 11 for the game - and both found space to run in behind the defensive line on more than one occasion.

Paine doubled Barum's lead eight minutes before half-time.

Lee Francis dug out a cross from wide on the left channel. Paine collected it at the back post - cutting inside and firing a shot back across goal

The visitors gave a much better account of themselves in the second half, helped in part by home side appearing to slack off after the break.

Barnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt SmartBarnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt Smart

Liam Orchard was lively on the right wing for the visitors, forcing a low save from Oliver four minutes into the half before firing a brilliant opportunity over the bar five minutes later.

They pulled one back after 72 minutes with a wonder goal. Adam Mace picked up the ball in space 25 yards out from goal and let a thunderous strike go with his left foot which tucked itself right in the corner of the net.

Barnstaple hadn't been without chances in the second period, with Francis firing wide, as well as having a shot cleared off the line by Bradley Martin.

What should perhaps have been a comfortable end to the game became much more nervous for the home side.

Barnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt SmartBarnstaple Town v Slimbridge. Picture: Matt Smart

But a beautiful lob from Blake in stoppage time eased tensions and secured three points for Barnstaple.