Barnstaple Town took a step towards Southern League promotion by beating Gillingham Town 2-1 in the Toolstation Western League Premier.

Barnstaple Town followed up on the news of their ground meeting Southern League requirements by taking a huge step towards promotion on Saturday.

Barum came from behind to beat Gillingham Town 2-1 in the Toolstation Western League Premier on Saturday to stretch their undefeated run to 14 games.

It wasn’t a vintage performance, but manager Barry Yeo was pleased nonetheless.

“I’m delighted with the result – it’s not about performances at this stage, it’s about results, and we came away with the win,” he said.

“In the first half we were poor; but in the second we created a lot more and missed two or three great chances.”

Gillingham took the lead after 16 minutes when Harry Baker slotted the ball past Steve Oliver.

Barnstaple were unable to find any rhythm, often beaten to the ball and pressed in twos and threes when in possession.

The breakthrough came just before half-time when Shaun Copp drilled the ball in from inside the box after some good work by Steve Holland.

Copp’s first goal of the campaign came on his 27th birthday.

Barnstaple came out rejuvenated in the second half, with Ryan Turner getting the decisive goal five minutes after the break.

Tonight sees first meet second as Barnstaple travel to Odd Down looking to make up ground on the leaders and cement promotion to the Southern League.

But Yeo isn’t looking that far ahead.

“When it came out that we could get promoted, people are going to talk about it, but we’ve just got to focus on the next game,” he said.

“We’ve got four games to win, and we want to win all four.”