A Ryan Turner double gave Barnstaple a 2-0 win against Toolstation Western League Premier Division leaders Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday.
A crowd of nearly 300 passed through the Mill Road turnstiles to witness a pulsating match between two of the league’s most in-form sides.
Before kick-off, Barnstaple had won five on the bounce and seven in the league without defeat. Their last Western League defeat was against Street on September 1.
Farm had only lost twice in the league this season but it didn’t take Town long to get going.
Turner fired the hosts in front when he cut inside from the left in the first minute.
The goal provoked a response from the visitors, who began an assault on a Barnstaple defensive unit that has conceded only six goals in the league this season.
Marshalled by central defenders Aaron Harper-Penman and James Mayne, the league’s ‘meanest’ defence stood firm – thanks also to a string of superb saves by goalkeeper Steve Oliver.
Oliver stood firm in the second half to retain Town’s advantage and Turner gave them breathing space with a second on 70 minutes with a fine individual effort.
The striker skipped across the box and beat two defenders before wrong footing the keeper and slotting the ball home.
The visitors’ woes increased in the final minute with the sending off of Jack Durrant for kicking-out.