THE goals continued to mount for Barnstaple Town with a 7-0 home win over Radstock Town this afternoon.
It takes their tally to 26 goals in four wins that have put them third in the Toolstation Western League First Division.
Jack Jenkins, who hit a hat-trick in last Saturday’s 8-0 win over Westbury United, was outstanding in central midfield and finished off this rout with the last two goals.
It could have been so much worse for Radstock who should have had two players sent off for handball early in the game.
In fact, goalkeeper Ashley Maw was shown the red card after catching the ball just outside his area in only the third minute. Bizarrely, the referee changed his mind and yellow-carded the keeper instead.
A header by Jenkins on 21 minutes was then clearly pushed off the line by a defender’s hands but he went unpunished.
By then, Radstock were 1-0 down to Tucker’s curling eighth-minute shot after a short corner.
A minute after Jenkins was denied by the handball, Turner raced clear and finished clinically to make it 2-0.
Seconds after smashing a shot against the bar, Tucker teed up Jones to fire in a 36th-minute third goal.
It was 4-0 six minutes before half time when captain Harper-Penman flew through the area and headed in Tucker’s corner.
Another header at a corner brought Barnstaple’s fifth 10 minutes into the second with Francis scoring from Jed Harper-Penman’s delivery.
A minute later Francis had a shot cleared off the line by Liam Planter. A minute after that, the midfielder again met a Harper-Penman corner and this time Jenkins flicked the ball in at the back post.
More goals could have followed but it was not until six minutes from time that Jenkins got the seventh, following up to tap in after Maw saved Jed Harper-Penman’s shot.
Wincanton Town remain unbeaten at the top of the table, four points ahead of Barnstaple, after a goalless draw at Devizes Town.
On Tuesday, Barnstaple visit Wells City, who are 16th and without a win since the opening day.
Barnstaple Town (4-4-2): Jimmy Thorne; Ross Jones, Aaron Harper-Penman, James Mayne, Liam Gregory; Billy Tucker (Shaun Copp 71), Jack Jenkins, Lee Francis, Jed Harper-Penman; Dave Pearse (Will Nicholls 64), Ryan Turner. Subs not used: Scott Huxtable, Josh Phillips.
Radstock Town (4-4-2): Ashley Maw; Liam Planter, Luke Ingram (Pele Sobers 70), Tom Stocks (Liam Jenkins 32), Tony Pow; Ben Lear, Jake Metcalfe, Sam Abraham, Jack Seymour; Tom Watts (George Holland 81), Ryan Childs.