Skipper Harper-Penman thanks town for its support.

Barnstaple Town have won the Toolstation Western League Division One title with two games to spare.

It was a day of mixed emotions for Town, who secured promotion with a 3-1 victory over Warminster Town last week.

A 1-0 defeat at Oldland Abbotonians on Saturday ended a 37-game unbeaten league run that lasted more than eight months – and was the first away defeat since April 2 last year.

But any disappointment at the final whistle soon turned to jubilation as news filtered through that Welton Rovers and Cribbs had shared the points in a 1-1 draw – automatically sending Barum back to the Premier Division just two years after being relegated.

Skipper Aaron Harper-Penman said the backing from people in the town had helped drive the team back into the top flight.

“The support we have had from everyone this year has been amazing and has really spurred us on to do well,” he told the Gazette.

“The whole town has really got behind us this year and a lot of thanks has to go to them for that.

“To win this league means everything to all the boys and everyone involved in the club. It means all the hard work that we have put in over the season has been made worth it and what a great feeling it is.

“We will definitely enjoy the day on Saturday when we get to lift that league trophy in front of our home fans.”

Barnstaple were playing their penultimate game at Almondsbury UWE as the Gazette went to press last night (Tuesday).

On Saturday, they will get their hands on the league silverware after their last league game of the season against Devizes Town. Kick off at Mill Road is at 3pm.

Town will have the chance to complete a league and cup double when they face Willand Rovers in the final of the Les Phillips Cup, being played in Bridport on Sunday, May 10, kick-off 3pm.