A first half goal was the difference between the two Evo-Stik Southern League teams at Mill Road this afternoon (Saturday).

A frustrating day for Barnstaple Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League saw them lose 1-0 to Shortwood United.

Adam Price’s goal after 20 minutes was the difference between the two sides in the clash at Mill Road this afternoon (Saturday).

Barum’s second-half performance was much improved on the first 45 minutes but they could not find an equaliser and were consigned to their third successive defeat in Division One South and West.

The home side struggled to get out of second gear in the first half.

A few half-chances often lacked a final ball or the right touch, and the absence of Aaron Harper-Penman and James Mayne at the back appeared to have an impact early on.

After a cagey start for both teams Shortwood took the lead with what was to be the game’s only goal.

Price was the benefactor of some slick passing around the Barnstaple defence, and when he was given the ball in space he made no mistake – slotting the ball low past Steve Oliver.

Barnstaple showed more promise as the half went on, with Kyle Paine and Jed Harper-Penman linking up well on the right flank.

They took that with them into the second half and applied more pressure on the Shortwood goal.

The away side nearly doubled their lead on the break though, with Sam Mendes curling a shot past a rooted Oliver only for the ball to hit the post.

Barnstaple had chances to equalise late on. James Blake had a shot blocked off the line with less than 10 minutes remaining, while Ryan Turner could only head at the keeper as stoppage time neared.