The Toolstation Western Football League
Published 14th March 2012
....having a tough time on the pitch, with a string of matches against the Premier Division’s top teams.
But the young players have shown pride and not a little skill in making the title contenders work for their points.
Latest of four successive defeats was a 2-0 reverse away to table-topping Bitton last Saturday.
The league leaders put Town under early pressure and took the lead after just 12 minutes when Mark Salter scored from the penalty spot after he had been pushed over by Barnstaple keeper Ryan Draper.
That remained all that separated the teams at the break and Town were coming more into the game in the second half before a fine solo effort by Bitton full-back Matt Knapman left them two goals adrift. The Bitton man beat the Town defence with a run from inside his own half before slotting the ball home.
Off-the-pitch, Barnstaple’s acting chairman Dave Cooke has warned that unless more help comes forward to run the club it may have to pull out of the Western League.
He said: “Barnstaple Town will be making a decision in the next few weeks, as soon as the season is complete, as to where they will be playing their football next season. The main decision will be whether they continue in the Western League or not. I will be discussing the matter at the earliest possible time with my fellow directors and committee members.
“The recent call for help to run the club has been underwhelming and the present set up would not be able to continue running a side at Western League level in its present form.
“It is a shame that events have unfolded at this time as the club itself is in a healthy position. It has no debts, owes a small amount to its current creditors, but other than that would be able to start the season on a level playing field. What is desperately does need, however, is a new chairman and a commercial person who could generate the funds to fund a new playing season, along with securing a new main sponsor for the new season.
“I’m not convinced at this time that the Town wishes Western League football to continue for next season, but if it does, then it needs the required assistance to sustain its current league level. My belief is that a club should always be playing at its highest level and anything below Western League for a town of this size would be, in my mind, unthinkable.
“If you can help or want to get involved with the club, contact us as soon as you are able.”