Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
Boca Seniors continued their perfect start to the season with a second 5-4 win over a title rival in as many weeks.
This time it was Bideford Reserves who came away with nothing in a game which could have gone either way, thanks to Ciaron Lishman netting two for Boca and James Hill, Elliott Whitecross and Tom Popham all registering singles.
Bideford started the brighter of the two side but failed to take their early chances and found themselves 3-0 down inside 20 minutes as Boca ruthlessly executed their set plays. Joe Grimley got one back for Bideford but Boca again hit them from a set piece to restore their margin.
Shortly after half time the game looked to be well and truly over when Boca made it 5-1.
Bideford staged a good comeback, and were right back in the game thanks to goals from Jake England, Nathan Bate and Will Nicholls, but as their manager Dean Johns admitted, his side ran out of time.
Johns also said he was ‘concerned’ by his team’s inability to deal with Boca’s set pieces.
Boca beat Barnstaple AAC by the same scoreline last week and are now just a single point behind leaders Braunton with a game in hand.
Braunton stayed top courtesy of a 3-1 win at Appledore Reserves.
Appledore have only recorded one win so far this season but they made the league leaders work hard for a win which may have seemed a formality before the match.
But goals from Scott Maynard, Callum Norman and Simon Townsend were enough keep them top.
Braunton now face a tricky trip to Barnstaple AAC on Saturday, who moved fourth with a 2-0 win at Shebbear United.
Torrington have managed to leapfrog their way into third following a fifth win in six league games at Ilfracombe Town Reserves.
Ilfracombe scored first but once George Bartlett equalised from 30 yards there was only likely to be one winner.
Bartlett went on to score a hat-trick, and was ably supported by a Dan Wilson brace.
Torrington manager Steve Bartlett said he was ‘delighted’ with his team’s performance, and heaped praise on goalkeeping debutant Lee Cockwill, who made a number of good saves to keep the scoreline looking comfortable.
Torrington have also progressed in the Torridge cup after a 2-1 win over Hatherleigh last Wednesday, thanks to Danny Jenkins and Tyler Evans-Loude goals.
North Molton Sports Club have also moved ahead of Bideford Reserves after a 6-3 win at Torridgeside.
Last season’s league and cup winners Torridgeside fell to their fourth league defeat of the season as North Molton moved fifth, just a point behind Torrington in third.
It was a game to forget for Georgeham & Croyde this weekend as they fell to another heavy defeat, this time to fellow strugglers Bradworthy.
Bradworthy recorded just their second win in nine games this season, but like their first – a 9-1 victory over Dolton – this was a trouncing.
They ran out 10-1 winners to leapfrog Appledore Reserves and move clear of the bottom of the table.
Braunton Reserves remain top of the Senior division – despite seeing their six-game winning streak in the league brought to an end by Woolsery this weekend.
Woolsery have also proved a tough nut to crack this season, having only lost twice coming into the game – and one of those defeats was at the hands of Braunton in September.
The match proved a tight one, with Braunton earning a draw through a neat finish from Matt Hunnibell on his return to the side.
The gap at the top has been cut to three points by Landkey Town, who won convincingly at home to bottom club Morwenstow Reserves.
Landkey capitalised on the chance to improve their goal difference, winning 11-1 to consign Morwenstow to a ninth straight league defeat. Their goal difference now reads a rather sorry -69.
Wayne Thomas helped himself to five goals, while Danny Hommell and Ben Taylor both hit doubles. Dan Damon and James Jackson were also on target for Landkey, while Adam Talbot managed a consolatory effort for Morwenstow.
Park United are also applying pressure at the top and are now within four points of Braunton themselves – with two games in hand.
Park beat Ashwater 5-2 to condemn them to a second defeat in two games after Ashwater had started with a five-game unbeaten run.
Ricky Marinaro, Steve Skinner, Rob Guppy, Martin Edwards and Ron Hill were all on target for Park in a game which Skinner described as ‘tough’.
“It’s a very good result,” he said. “It was a big game for us and we played very well.”
North Molton Reserves will go into their crunch game with Braunton on Saturday on the back of a 2-0 win at Combe Marin which moves them fourth.
Putford’s season of inconsistency took a big step in the right direction with a 6-1 win at South Molton.
The game was closer than the scoreline might suggest, though, with a penalty just before half time putting them 2-0 up at the interval.
South Molton pulled it back to 2-1 through James Campbell, but Putford were two clear again two minutes later.
Three goals in the last 20 minutes sealed Putford’s fourth win of the season.
Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves got a second win of the season under their belts with a 4-0 victory over Torridgeside Reserves, and Lynton & Lynmouth picked up an important three points at Northam Lions.
Woolacombe & Mortehoe closed the gap on league leaders Braunton Thirds with a 7-2 win at struggling Sporting Barum.
Woolacombe have cut the deficit to three points, as Braunton did not play this weekend.
They also moved ahead of Ilfracombe Thirds, who suffered a 4-0 defeat at Hartland.
The table has become very tight, with just two points between second and eighth place.
At the other end of the league, Northside Atlantic finally registered their first win of the season, beating Equalizers by four goals to one.
Barnstaple FC Reserves also picked up a surprise win over Anchor Chiefs.
Goals from Paul, Nash and Barker secured the win for Barnstaple, which moves them ninth.
Torrington Reserves picked up a 1-0 win at Barnstaple AAC Reserves, and Clovelly ended a run of four league defeats in a row with a 2-2 draw at home to High Bickington.
Haxton Rangers continue to enjoy life in the North Devon Gazette Football League.
They recorded an eighth win in their first nine games at Braunton Fourths on Saturday, where they came away with a well-fought 3-2 win.
They reached the top of the table as Chivenor suffered their first loss of the campaign, losing at Fremington Reserves. Fremington are now up to third and just a point behind Chivenor after recovering from a short lull in form. They will need to be at their best on Saturday, when they take on Haxton in what should be a good match-up.
It was also a good weekend for North Molton Thirds, as they beat Lynton & Lynmouth 5-1. Anchor Chiefs Reserves also scored five, moving sixth with a 5-0 win over South Molton Reserves.
South Molton were without a recognised goalkeeper and had to rely on club chairman Steve Seatherton to put in a shift between the sticks.
On a high-scoring weekend, two other teams also found the net on five occasions. Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves beat Woolsery Reserves 5-1, and Merton Reserves remain without a win after losing 5-2 to Putford Reserves.
In mid-table, Chittlehampton Reserves and Appledore Academy played out an entertaining 3-3 draw to leave the sides eighth and seventh respectively.