BARNSTAPLE Town pulled off a remarkable Easter derby triumph with a double yolker that left local rivals Bideford and Ilfracombe with egg on their faces. Despite languishing in the wrong half of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, Barum stepp
BARNSTAPLE Town pulled off a remarkable Easter derby triumph with a double yolker that left local rivals Bideford and Ilfracombe with egg on their faces.Despite languishing in the wrong half of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, Barum stepped up the pace with a 3-2 victory over the Robins on Good Friday and followed it up by bashing the Bluebirds on Easter Monday.Despite the weather, Friday's mid-afternoon kick-off at Mill Road drew a crowd of just under 500. They had little to cheer in a dour first half that produced only a handful of chances for either side. But the game soon came to life in part two, Bideford opening the scoring five minutes after the break through Tom Stocco.Town came storming back and equalised through Jake Barwick before Danny Tapp pounced on some sloppy Robins' defending to give Town the initiative. The lead was short-lived though as the home side failed to clear their own lines to allow Jamie Densham to pull things level. A brief chorus of "you're not singing anymore" was soon silenced by a Kevin Squire winner with 10 minutes left to play.On Saturday, it was the turn of Ilfracombe to step out for the first of their two Easter outings in three days. A tough trip to second-placed Corsham Town produced the perfect start. The Bluebirds battled hard to take their chances and come away with a 2-1 win, their second against the same opposition this season. After going in 1-0 down at half-time, they stunned the home side by surviving a barrage of near misses and equalising against the run of play through player manager Barry Yeo on the hour mark.Minutes later, James Davey followed up a loose ball from a free-kick to give the visitors what would prove to be the winner. The goal scorers then turned grafters once more, goalkeeper Steve Oliver and his back four digging their heels in to block, stop and scramble away everything Corsham threw at them.On Monday, with Bideford rested and left licking their wounds, Barnstaple made the short trip to North Devon rivals Ilfracombe for part two of their derby double header. They went 1-0 up early on through top scorer Squire. 'Combe pressed for a leveller which came five minutes before the break, Yeo jumping above everyone elso to head home his second from a free-kick in two games.Both teams started brightly in the second half, but Squire scored his second winner in three days after latching onto Barwick's clever ball to skip through the off-side trap and cooly finish under the advancing Oliver. All three North Devon Western League sides are in action on Saturday. Bideford are at home to Calne, Ilfracombe are at home to Bristol Manor Farm, and Barnstaple are away to Frome. On Tuesday, Bideford travel to Chard, while Ilfracombe also hit the road to play Street.