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Barnstaple Town crash to 6-1 home defeat in Western League

By NDJSport  |  Posted: January 26, 2013

Jed Harper-Penman scored Barnstaple Town's goal against Odd Down from the penalty spot

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DEFENSIVE problems haunted Barnstaple Town again with a 6-1 defeat to Odd Down in the Toolstation Western League premier division. 
Barnstaple trailed 5-0 after only 23 minutes in a bizarre game at Mill Road this afternoon. 
As both teams struggled in the heavy conditions, the referee awarded five penalties – three of which were missed. 
Despite including Stephen Reed, the Weymouth midfielder, in their starting line-up, Barnstaple were well off the pace. 
Kristian Miller beat Adam Fuller with a shot from the edge of the box to put the visitors ahead after eight minutes.
Kye Simpson added the second and Miller made it 3-0 after 16 minutes with the home defence in disarray. 
A trip by Ian Wheatley gave Twaine Plummer the chance to score the fourth but he blasted the resulting penalty over the crossbar. 
Plummer soon made amends by converting his second penalty after he was brought down by goalkeeper Fuller who was shown the yellow card. 
Miller completed his hat-trick to effectively wrap up the victory midway through the first half. 
Jed Harper-Penman at least gave Barnstaple something to cheer, scoring from the spot before half time after he was fouled by Adrian Harvey. 
But Harper-Penman wasted the opportunity to score another penalty in the second half when his effort was easily saved by Lewis Pierce. 
To add to Barum's woes, Odd Down counter-attacked instantly for Simpson to score his second. 
The striker then fluffed the opportunity to complete his hat-trick, smashing a penalty against the bar after another foul by Fuller. 
Defeat leaves Barnstaple nine points adrift of safety at the bottom of the premier division with hope of avoiding relegation fading fast. 
Ilfracombe Town were beaten 3-1 at Winterbourne United and have slipped to 13th in the table. Ryan Turner got the Ilfracombe goal, making it 1-1 just before the hour mark.
Bideford's match at Redditch United in the Evo-Stik League Southern premier division was postponed. The Robins return to action on Tuesday with a home game against Bedworth United.

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  • devonfooty  |  January 27 2013, 11:58PM

    Sorry every one slip of the finger - Barnstaple, spot the deliberate spelling mistake. Respect.

  • devonfooty  |  January 27 2013, 11:30PM

    I hear Barnstaple are trying to pay there way out of the relegation situation by paying key player's top wages but as yet this strategy doesn't seem to be working. This is a very short term approach & very risky especially considering there past problems with money worries but money can't be the issue any longer if the Chairman & Manager are prepared & able to pay a large wage bill to attract the very best player's but for how long ?. I feel if the manager is good enough he has enough quality player's at his disposal already to be able to turn things round. He needs to turn all those individuals into a team that can compete at Western League level week in week out. Turn Mill Road into a fortress & start winning the home games then you might have a great chance of getting right back in there & progressing up the league table. Wishing every body involved with Barnstable Town FC the very best of luck.