Barum suffered their first defeat of the season in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West
Barnstaple Town suffered their first defeat of the Southern League season on Saturday.
Barum were defeated 4-2 by an in-form Swindon Supermarine side at the Web’s Wood Stadium.
Supermarine were looking to keep a 100 per cent record intact, and got off to the perfect start when Connor Waldon headed home after 18 minutes.
Barnstaple replied almost instantly through James Blake, who pounced on a defensive mix-up before lobbing keeper Connor Johns.
Despite chances for both sides, the score remained at 1-1 into the second half.
It was Supermarine who got the edge six minutes after the restart, when Waldon got his second of the game.
Supermarine were reduced to 10 men when Josh Parsons was shown red for a slap, but Barnstaple were unable to pull themselves back onto level terms.
The home side went 3-1 up after 72 minutes through a Bradley Hooper penalty and a few minutes later Barnstaple were down to 10 men themselves – Steve Oliver sent off for handballing outside of the area.
Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo confirmed after the game that they club would appeal the decision.
Supermarine’s fourth came through Callum Parsons before subsitute Ryan Turner pulled a goal back for Barum in injury time.
Yeo said the result was a fair one in the end.
He said: “The game had a bit of everything, especially in the first 45 minutes.
“We created plenty of chances and could feel disappointed that we weren’t winning at half-time.
“We got over-run in the second half though and looked a little bit tired, and they punished us.
“We’ve learned a lot from it though, and that’s something we will do for every game this season.”
Barnstaple face another tough challenge this evening, with Craig Allan’s former club Paulton Rovers visiting Mill Road.
Speaking before the match, Yeo said: “They are always tough games, and we’ve had some realy tough ones so far.
“Paulton have won two from three, so it will be a challenge.
“We will try and express ourselves and apply ourselves and get as much out of it as we can.”