Barum give up four goals in 17 minutes in Evo-Stik League South West fixture in Oxfordshire

A first half horror show for Barnstaple Town paved the way for a 5-2 defeat at Kidlington in Evo-Stik League South West on Saturday.

A 17-minute spell midway through the first half saw the hosts race away to a 4-0 half-time lead.

Declan Benjamin opened the floodgates after 16 minutes when he got on the end of a Harry Whitehead pass to fire past Neal Osborn. Kidlington doubled their lead through Duran Martin three minutes later.

Darius Browne was the architect for the third and fourth. His cross came off George Nancekivell for the hosts’ third after 28 minutes, and he made it 4-0 six minutes later with a finish of his own.

Archie Reay pulled one back for Barnstaple with 70 minutes gone, firing in a low shot to become the first Barnstaple player born in the 21st century to score for the club.

The hosts got another six minutes later through Lewis Coyle before Harry Stevens made it 5-2 in injury time.

Barum manager Kevin Darch said the first half glut meant there was no coming back.

“We needed that first 45 minutes to get our legs going after New Year,” he said.

“They had already played on the Tuesday and we were way off it. We were second to every ball and header and just had heavy legs.

“Going in at 4-0 down there was no coming back.

“We knew it had gone and credit to the them, they did themselves proud in the second half and won it 2-1.

“We were pleased with how they responded, because we could have folded completely and lost it by seven or eight, it just goes to show there’s a good spirit in the side.

“Now we’ve got something to take from the game and we’ve proved we can score goals.”

Saturday sees Barum return to Mill Road, with Cinderford Town the visitors.

The two teams last met in August, with Barum 3-1 winners.

Darch said: “Every game is a big game with where we are in the league, but we neeed to get our points at home.

“We won 3-1 earlier in the away game, but obviously it was a totally different side. It will be a test.

“We’ve shown we can match anybody in this league for 45-60 minutes, but we struggle with doing it for the whole game.

“We did it at Bideford and got a result, so if we can maintain that level of concentration for 90 minutes on Saturday then we’ve got a chance.”