Barnstaple Town were denied a Toolstation Western League double as Willand Rovers secured the Les Phillips Cup on Sunday.

Barnstaple travelled to Bridport for the showpiece final fresh off the back of a record-breaking league campaign, which saw them amass a record number of points on their way to the first division title.

But Sunday provided a good reminder that Barry Yeo’s men may not have things all their own way in the Premier Division next season, with clubs like Willand lying in wait.

The premier side, who reached the fourth qualifying round of this season’s FA Cup, proved too strong for Town after a strong start from the first division champions.

Jed and Aaron Harper-Penman, Dave Pearse and Ryan Turner all went close in the first half.

But that pressure was not converted into goals, and Barnstaple paid the price when James Blake fired Willand in front just before half-time.

Willand looked a far more assured outfit in the second period, and quickly doubled their lead through Lee Smythe.

And they were out of sight on the hour mark, when Blake scored his second of the game to make it 3-0.

Barnstaple fought on valiantly to try to find a route back into the final, but failed to do so and might have conceded a fourth in the closing stages but for an offside flag.

It was the final game of a long but successful season for Barnstaple, who will now set about preparing for life in the Western League’s top tier next season.