Barnstaple Town shared the spoils for the third game in a row on Saturday after a stalemate with Larkhall Athletic in Evo-Stik Division One South.

The 0-0 draw at Plain Ham was the first clean sheet Barum have kept all season, with goalkeeper Steve Oliver, in his 100th game for Barnstaple, taking the man of the match award at the end of the game.

It’s now three matches without a defeat for Barnstaple, and while there has been an element of what might have been about a couple of those, that certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday according to Barum boss Aaron Harper-Penman.

“It was a good point gained in the end,” said Harper-Penman.

“Looking at the last couple of games I think we could have got a couple more points, but this was definitely a point gained.

“Larkhall were well-drilled, organised and played their pitch well. They came right at us.

“We went out there to win, but the way the game went the point was a good one to get.

“It was a bit of a shock to start with, and it took us five minutes to get settled, but once we did we defended really well as a whole, from front to back.

“To keep a clean sheet was a great result.

“It was Steve’s 100th appearance for Barnstaple and he’s capped it off with fine display, a couple of really big saves and a clean sheet.”

Despite the point, Barnstaple’s cause wasn’t helped on Saturday when 17th-placed Mangtosfield United beat second-from-bottom Fleet Town 5-3.

Slimbridge’s 2-2 draw with Cirencester Town wasn’t ideal either.

With Slimbridge and Fleet meeting each other this Saturday, a win over Paulton Rovers at Mill Road is almost a must for Barnstaple, who are eight points adrift from Slimbridge and Mangotsfield.

“We probably wanted Fleet to get something from that one,” said Harper-Penman

“Everyone in and around it has got big games, we’ve got Paulton coming to us and we’ve got to look at getting three points, like we do with every team.

“We’ve got to be looking at all three points and hoping Fleet can drag Slimbridge into it. Everyone above that relegation line is a team we’ve got to chase.”