Long trip to North Devon proves fruitful for first team

Long trip to North Devon proves fruitful for first team

By Derek Lloyd
2nd September 2018
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Barnstaple Town 1 Highworth Town 3


The 290 mile round trip to Barnstaple proved no obstacle to the team yesterday as they came home with 3 well deserved points from a 3-1 win.

On a balmy day the game did not start well however for the visitors however when sloppy defending allowed Steve Holland to put the hosts ahead from 10 yards after 7 minutes.

Highworth then started causing the home defence problems with quick counter attacks and Robert Holmes in the home goal dealt with a Rory Sproule header from a Sean Wood corner and an individual effort from Callum Parsons.

Holmes then saved shots from Parsons and, with his feet, from Harrison Bennett.

The deserved equaliser came on 27 minutes when Darren Jefferies put Parsons through on goal. As the forward attempted to round Holmes the keeper brought him down, earning a yellow card and conceding a penalty which Parsons converted.

No further goals before half time but Highworth certainly now in the ascendancy.

The visitors took the lead on 47 minutes when a Parsons cross from the right found Callum Ferguson 8 yards out whose thumping header left Holmes helpless before hitting the net.

it was 3-1 on 58 minutes when a Sean Woods corned from the left caused havoc in the six yard box with Wayne Turk on hand to slide in and convert at the back post.

Connor Johns in the visitors goal was rarely troubled in the second half but did well to tip the ball the bar from a teasing cross in the 79th minute.

Barnstaple had a chance to reduce the arrears 2 minutes later during a goalmouth scramble but Jordan Roberts superbly blocked the resulting close range effort.

During the 7 added minutes at the end of the game Parsons was again put clear but as he attempted to round Holmes for the second time in the afternoon the keeper did well to get fingertips to the ball and force the forward wide. Parsons did however then set up Aaron Ferris whose fierce drive was pushed away by the in form keeper.

The last action saw Ferris strike a low drive to Holmes's right which merely produced another excellent stop.

Another three points to take us to 7th in the table and a noisy journey home.

Once again great to report a very good performance from the officials and excellent hospitality from our hosts.

Next up : Sat 15 Sept AWAY v Street FC, places on coach available @£10 pp

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