Town keep up winning ways

Joseph Bulmer

Barnstaple’s young side chalked up their second win in a row with a 3-0 result at home to Bridport that could have been even more.

They signalled their intentions in the opening minutes with two chances, but both of which went over the bar.

The game was still only eight minutes old when Connor Clifford made a fine finish to put Town in front.

Bridport fought back to create chances and saw one shot go just wide. But their efforts were without result.

Town wing man Billy Tucker then fashioned himself a good opening and made it count with a well taken goal to put Barnstaple 2-0 up at the break.

Ricky Marinaro saw a shot curl just wide early in the second half and as Bridport tried to push forward and chase the game the Town’s new strike duo of Dan Jenkins and Billy Tucker posed problems for the visiting defence.

Ten minutes from the end Bridport left an opening on the right and Kyle Bassett nipped in to take full advantage, scoring Barnstaple’s third.

The visiting keeper was also kept on his toes in the closing minutes to deny Barnstaple chances of adding more.

The win lifts Town one step further up the Premier Division ladder, with four teams now below them.

This Saturday they are at home to Western League Division 1 leaders Gillingham Town in the second round of the Les Phillips Cup.

Ilfracombe’s scheduled match against Odd Down was one of all but three Western League games to fall victim of the weather.

They will be back in action at home to Melksham in the Les Phillips Cup this Saturday