Barnstaple Town’s Evo-Stik Division One South campaign finished with defeat at the league champions on Saturday.

Barum were beaten 3-1 by Blackfield and Langley on the day the hosts were presented with the Division One South trophy.

A makeshift Barnstaple side missing the likes of Steve Oliver, George Nancekivell and Brodie Montague fell behind with half an hour on the clock when Lerrone Plummer fired in after a corner.

Barum started the second half well though, and got back on terms just three minutes after the restart through Saddam Bello.

The hosts took the lead again 20 minutes later when Connor Doe tapped in from close range.

Plummer sealed victory for Blackfield and Langley five minutes later with another well-taken strike from the edge of the penalty area.

Barum manager Aaron Harper-Penman said: “It was a competitive game but you could tell it had come to the end of the season.

“Obviously it was all about their day. They picked up the trophy, which they thoroughly deserved, and we gave them a guard of honour.

“The game was well contested, and I thought the boys did really well. I can't fault them because they all gave 110 per cent.

“We were just beaten by the better team on the day and were undone by a couple of really good goals.

Barnstaple finish the season 19th in Division One South with 23 points, having won six of their 38 games and drawing five.

Although they sit in the relegation spots, they may yet earn a reprieve due to eighth-placed Street's intention to resign from the league.

Whichever way it goes for Barum, Harper-Penman wants to know what's happening sooner rather than later.

“As soon as one season finishes the next one starts, and the football club needs to know what the plan is so we can start planning and preparing for next season,” he said.

“There will be comings and goings like any non-league club at this level, but I want to retain as many of this season's players as I can, and tweak certain areas where I think we can strengthen. The fun begins again now.

“It's out of our hands if we stay up or not, but we want to play at the highest level we can. It would be great to get that decision sooner rather than later.

“I'm proud of all the team since coming in. We knew it was going to be tough.

“It will be nice to be able to get a full pre-season under out belts and put our stamp on things.”