A club statement last night (Friday) confirmed that Barnstaple Town’s ground has met requirements for Southern League football.

Barnstaple Town’s hopes of playing Southern League football next season were given a huge boost yesterday (Friday).

The club announced last night that their ground at Mill Road has been granted Grade E status - which is the standard required for promotion to the Southern League.

In a statement posted on the club’s website, chairman Jasmine Chesters said: “I am pleased to say that with the help of some very enthusiastic people we did what we needed to do. I thank them for their hard work.

“Now with the team playing fantastic football we must all get behind them and urge them to achieve the promotion they desire.

“To have been promoted last season and to being in the position we are now, this close to the end of another season has to be one of the greatest achievements in Barnstaple Town’s football history.”

With five games remaining, Barum are currently second in the Toolstation Western League Premier, and lie three points behind league leaders Odd Down.

The club initially thought they hadn’t done enough to earn the Grade E status, when inspectors reported that the club had not met the relevant criteria.

Mill Road has had many improvements put in place over recent weeks, including new turnstiles and extra seats, as part of their work to meet stadium requirements.