BARNSTAPLE Town bowed out of the FA Vase with a 3-2 defeat at home to Radstock Town on Saturday. There was late drama in the second round qualifying tie when Ricky Marinaro fired in a penalty with a minute left on the clock but ultimately, Barum were made
BARNSTAPLE Town bowed out of the FA Vase with a 3-2 defeat at home to Radstock Town on Saturday.
There was late drama in the second round qualifying tie when Ricky Marinaro fired in a penalty with a minute left on the clock but ultimately, Barum were made to pay for not punishing their opponents in a promising first 45 at Mill Road.
A crowd of just over 100 saw the hosts get off to a bright start, with Stan Paxton going close on three occasions before finally breaking the deadlock three minutes before the break.
He was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed for off-side on the half-hour mark and minutes later, put his shot wide of the post having gone through one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
Paxton then saw a shot cleared from a goalmouth scramble and when the play broke to Billy Hopcroft soon after, he collected the ball and turned two defenders in the box before firing across the keeper and into the far corner.
Radstock came out rejuvenated in the second half and fired three goals before Marinaro converted the late penalty after Hopcroft was fouled.
Barnstaple are away to Brislington on Saturday before a home game against Sherborne Town on Tuesday.
In the Toolstation Western League Premier Division, Ilfracombe were simply not good enough to earn any points from the Devon derby at home to Willand Rovers.
Last year's runner-ups dominated the match but in fairness, there were few clear-cut chances for either team.
The visitors piled on the pressure in the first half and 'Combe struggled to get out of their own half - and times, out of their own penalty area.
There was more of the same in the second half and the decider eventually came in the 69th minute when Danny Baily cut in from the right and waltzed through the Bluebirds' defence to fire past goalkeeper Steve Oliver.
Ilfracombe are at home to Bishop Sutton on Saturday.
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