The Barnstaple Town manager gave his reaction after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Yate Town.

Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo said he was ‘glad’ his side had got through the first game of the new Southern League Season.

Barum drew 1-1 with Yate Town in their first ever match in Division One South and West, with a late goal from summer signing Craig Allan earning them a point.

The goal cancelled out Sacha Tong’s first half header.

Yeo said: “I’m glad the first one’s out the way.

“I thought we looked very nervous in the first half and didn’t know if we were going to stick or twist.

“At the end of the day I’m delighted with a point - every point you earn in this league is going to be a tough one and I think we worked hard for our point today.”

“We’ve got a lot of lessons to learn, we’ve been really positive after the game and said this is where we want to be and this is what we want to do,.

“I thought in the first half we were a bit naïve and showed a little bit too much respect.”

The occasion looked to be getting the better of Barnstaple early on, with Yate enjoying more of the ball and Tong causing the three Barum centre-backs many problems in the opening exchanges.

He got his reward with ten minutes of the first half remaining, when a quick Barum free kick was intercepted, the centre-forward was there to head home at the end of a sweeping counter attack.

The goal woke Barnstaple up, and from then on they enjoyed much more pressure on the Yate goal.

The second half saw a much more confident Barnstaple and a much more assured defence.

Allan was at the forefront of that, cutting out chances for Tong alongside Aaron Harper-Penman and Niall Heeney until the striker left the field with an injury.

When Yeo’s side did eventually get a clear-cut chance, they took it.

Shaun Copp took a short corner to Jed Harper-Penman, who whipped a ball in to the back post for Allan to meet and send into the roof of the net to equalise.

Yeo said his summer signing was ‘exceptional’ on the day.

“We lost [James Mayne] early and I thought Craig Allan was absolutely exceptional today, I will say that,” he said.

He added: “We’ve got him here at the club and I thought he was exceptional, he was big and strong.”

Barum’s first away game of the campaign comes tomorrow night (Tuesday), when they travel to Taunton Town.

Yeo said: “We can breathe a big sigh of relief that the first one is out of the way, and we can build on it. I’m sure we will.”