Turner strike gives Barnstaple Town first win in five

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Barnstaple Town got back to winning ways in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West at the weekend.

A second half strike from Ryan Turner got Barnstaple Town back to winning ways in the Evo-Stik Southern League on Saturday.

The stiker broke the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining in Barum’s away clash with Larkhall Athletic in Division One South and West.

Turner started for the first time since Town’s win over Paulton Rovers on August 16 - a match where he also got the one and only goal.

Barnstaple Town manager Barry Yeo said he and his team ‘got what they deserved’.

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“I’m absolutely delighted with three points,” he said.

“We went there and said to ourselves we’re going to have to get back to being tough to beat.

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“To go to Larkhall and keep a clean sheet is fantastic.

“They threw the kitchen sink at us in the first 20 minutes, but our back three were quality.

“We got into the game and they became a little bit more predictable and in the end we got what we deserved.

“We didn’t just hang on to what we had got, we went out there and won the game.

“Ryan’s come back in and started and he’s got the goal for us.”

Turner’s inclusion was one of two changes to the Barnstaple side that lost 1-0 to Shortwood United the previous weekend.

James Mayne returned to the side in place of Craig Allan - who was unavailable, with Niall Heeney and Scott Huxtable deputising at the back.

Barnstaple take on Willand Rovers in the Devon St Lukes Challenge Cup.

This weekend they face Bishops Cleeve at Mill Road, with the away side returning to North Devon a week after their 2-1 defeat to Bideford.

Barum will be without Liam Gregory, but are expected to be back at full strength in defence with the return of Allan and Aaron Harper-Penman.

Yeo said: “This league is an extremely tough league to be in and you’ve got to work for everything you get.

“Slowly but surely we’re understanding what it takes to win games of football at this level.

“They’re not going to want to come down here and lose two on the spin.

“But we’ve done our homework and we’re concentrating on getting a result.”

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