Manager Barry Yeo felt Barnstaple Town’s hectic schedule caught up with the players on Saturday.
But they were fresh enough to beat Warminster Town 4-1 – taking their tally in three successive Toolstation Western League wins to 16 goals.
It was a seventh First Division game in three weeks for Barnstaple and there is no let-up with a trip to Wincanton Town this evening, followed by games on Good Friday and Easter Monday.
“We had played Wednesday, Saturday, Tuesday – all away from home – and we looked a bit tired,” said Yeo.
“I said it was all about winning the game and fortunately enough we won the game.
“We managed to get enough out of them to get three points. They did more than enough but we know we can play better.”
Warminster had beaten Barnstaple 2-1 at home 10 days earlier and they took the lead in the first 10 minutes with a header from Tom Golledge at a corner.
Ryan Turner finished well after a long punt by goalkeeper Jimmy Thorne to make it 1-1 at half time.
Midfielder Jack Jenkins then scored twice with his head to give Barnstaple a 3-1 lead and take his goal tally for the season to 10.
Dave Pearse’s fourth goal in as many games was the icing on the cake, the striker smashing in from Lee Francis’s delivery to finish a fine move.
“We conceded a sloppy goal from a corner but were fortunate enough to get back in the game,” said Yeo. “We never got out of third gear.”