Western League premier: Barnstaple Town 2-1 Bradford Town

Barnstaple Town made a winning return to the Toolstation Western League Premier Division.

A good crowd saw them open their campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Bradford Town at Mill Road.

Following their first division championship-winning campaign last season, there was plenty of optimism around Mill Road that Barry Yeo's men could set down a marker in their first premier outing for more than two years.

Things did not start well. Bradford forward Sam Jordan sprang clear and finished neatly beyond Barnstaple's goalkeeping debutant Steve Oliver to put the visitors in front after just six minutes.

But Barum fought back quickly, though, and a well-worked set-piece led to a marvellous header from last season's top scorer Ryan Turner finding the back of the net.

And by the midway point in the first half, the home side were in front.

When the ball fell to Jack Jenkins on the edge of the penalty area, he hit a sweet volley which flew past the helpless 'keeper.

Barnstaple produced a string of good chances before half-time, and Bradford never really looked like getting back on level terms after the break.

Dave Pearse might have made it three late on, but missed a good chance.

Town will now play Willand Rovers twice in a week. They play away in the league tonight (Wednesday) before hosting them in the FA Cup on Saturday.