A goal in each half was sufficient to guide the Peacocks to a 2-0 Evo-Stik League victory at Barnstaple Town yesterday evening (20th March).

The win puts Town 11 points clear at the top of the table and signified a remarkable 24 successive league matches without defeat, surpassing the run of 23 games in the 1999-2000 season. It was a case of job done in a game which was fairly drab for much of the evening. Town pressure paid off when Craig Veal gave the Peacocks the lead after 14 minutes when he volleyed home Dan Sullivan’s cross and the points were sealed in the 62nd minute after Ben Adelsbury’s header was turned into his own net by Barum defender Sam Haynes.

Reaction | Manager Leigh Robinson remarked: “Not a pretty game of football on a very difficult surface but another dogged performance and important three points for us. We had to be patient as running with the ball or putting any sort of passing together was extremely difficult but the players stuck to the task, restricted Barnstaple to very few chances and took our moments when they came along. Special mention for Lloyd, 200 games in itself is a great achievement but 200 consecutive games is incredible and he’s been a massive part of our success over the last few years. Also brilliant to have beaten the club unbeaten record which stood for 18 years, another testament to the determination of these players.”