Kevin Darch and Dave Griffiths have stepped down as managers of Barnstaple Town after 12 months in charge.

The pair confirmed their departure after Barum’s 5-0 defeat at home to Cirencester Town this afternoon (Saturday).

The defeat was Barnstaple’s 14th from 17 games in Division One South, and their fifth in a row.

Club chairman Bob Chamberlain said: “Obviously it’s disappointing that it’s come to this.

“I’ve got great respect for Kevin and Dave, and I and the club wish them all the best.”

Darch and Griffiths took over as co-managers in December last year, coincidentally after Richard Pears resigned following a 3-1 defeat at Cirencester.

Under their stewardship Barum avoided relegation from the Southern League, securing a third campaign in the division.

The 2018/19 campaign got off to a difficult start. Hamstrung by a tight budget, the club lost their first nine before a three-game winning streak that included a victory over then-unbeaten league leaders Yate Town.