Wednesday, April 2, 2014
This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
BOCA Seniors laid down another marker in the premier division title race by trouncing last season’s runners-up Bideford Reserves 5-1 on Saturday.
Boca are still behind Braunton on goal difference, but have a game in hand and have now all but ended Bideford’s dwindling title chances.
Braunton retained an eight-goal cushion over Boca by beating Shamwickshire Rovers 4-0 at the weekend.
That win keeps them on top, having won 18 of their 21 games so far this season.
Boca host strugglers Bradworthy this weekend, while Braunton travel to Ilfracombe Reserves on Saturday and Shebbear United on Sunday.
Barnstaple AAC closed the gap o the teams above them with a 2-1 win at Fremington on Saturday.
It was not a weekend to remember for the home side, who were then held to a 1-1 draw at Appledore Reserves on Sunday, leaving Barnstaple Ammies within four points of them in sixth – with three games to spare.
Ammies can close the gap further this weekend with a double header, starting at Chittlehampton on Saturday before a home game against Dolton on Sunday.
Bradworthy crawled away from relegation trouble with a 2-2 draw at home to Ilfracombe Reserves.
Gary Clarke and Tim Summers were on target for the home side, but had to settle for a draw after Joe Alcock and an own goal levelled things up for Combe.
Chittlehampton narrowly missed out on what would have been only their fourth point of the season, losing 2-1 to Shebbear United.
Torrington and Torridgeside, fourth and fifth respectively, will also be back in action on Saturday. Torrington host Appledore Reserves, while Torridgeside go to Shamwickshire Rovers.
PARK United sent out a reminder that they are still very much in the hunt for the Senior division title with a resounding 12-0 win over Morwenstow Reserves on Sunday.
Park kept the gap to Braunton Reserves down to 17 points with six games in hand on them with a crushing victory at a side still seeking their first points of the season.
Mark Hill scored five, David Brown bagged four and Steve Skinner picked up a brace as Park marched on to a 15th win in 17 league games.
Braunton maintained the gap, though, with a 4-0 win over South Molton on Saturday.
The defensive father and son team of Dave and Charlie Bennett helped them to an 18th clean sheet of the season in all competitions, which temporarily put their side 20 points clear at the top.
Ryan Hawkes netted twice, with Dan Crocombe and Matt Hunt also getting on the score sheet.
Landkey remain third, just two points behind Park United, after a dogged 5-4 win over Merton.
Landkey’s title aspirations will be tested once again on Saturday, when they travel to fifth-placed North Molton Reserves.
Barnstaple FC, too, are not quite out of the title race after hammering Lynton and Lynmouth by seven goals to one.
Barnstaple have games in hand on Braunton and are now only four points behind Park and two off Landkey.
They don’t have a league game this weekend, though.
Woolsery stay sixth after beating Torridgeside Reserves 3-1 on Saturday.
They host Ashwater this Saturday.
Putford lost ground on the sides above them as they were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Combe Martin.
They stay seventh, but have now played more games than most of the teams around them and are without a fixture this weekend.
Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves picked up a seventh win of the season, beating Northam Lions by a single goal to nil.
BRAUNTON Thirds emphatically got back on track in the Intermediate One title race with a 7-1 win at fellow hopefuls Equalizers.
Braunton came into the game on the back of three straight defeats, which had seen a host of other teams reel them in at the top of the division.
But they were back to their very best on Saturday, opening up a two point gap over Anchor Chiefs.
Chiefs managed to leapfrog Equalizers on their way up to second after an impressive win of their own.
Chiefs beat Barnstaple FC Reserves 7-1, thanks to goals from Adam Halling (2), Ian Keen (2), Chris Stockton (2) and Charlie Harding.
Anchor Chiefs have the chance to go top on Wednesday night, when they host leaders Braunton. They then travel to Equalizers on Saturday.
Ilfracombe Thirds moved up to third with a 2-0 win at Pilton Academicals.
Both teams knew that a win would put them in very good shape for the title race, but it was Ilfracombe who took the points thanks to goals from Kyle Standley and Tristan Leech.
Woolacombe remain sixth after a 3-2 win over Clovelly.
A Daniel Wright double and an own goal gave Woolacombe the win, despite two goals for Clovelly’s Luke Arkless.
High Bickington stayed seventh with a 3-1 win over Torrington Reserves, and Hartland beat Sporting Barum by a comfortable margin of four goals to one.
At the lower end of the table, Barnstaple AAC Reserves and Northam Lions Reserves played out a 1-1 draw.
HAXTON Rangers stayed top of the Intermediate Two table with a comfortable 4-0 win over Woolacombe and Mortehoe Reserves on Saturday.
North Molton Thirds had the chance to reach the top with a double header of matches, but failed to win Sunday’s game after a win on Saturday.
North Molton beat Woolsery Reserves 3-2, thanks to goals from Oliver Chalk, Max Holding and Tim Perry.
Glenn Dealey scored twice for the visitors, who came close to pulling off a surprise result.
A second game in as many days proved a bridge too far for North Molton, though, as they were held to a goalless draw by fourth-placed Braunton Fourths.
Chivenor kept their momentum going and remain within striking distance at the top of the table after a 1-0 win over Anchor Chiefs Reserves.
Chivenor are just two points behind leaders Haxton, but have played a game more.
Fremington lost ground in their pursuit of the league title as they went down 3-1 at home to Putford Reserves, a repeat of the score when Putford beat Lynton and Lynmouth Reserves on Saturday to round off a good weekend for them.
At the other end of the table, Hartland Reserves were too strong for South Molton Reserves as they came away with a 6-3 win.
Merton Reserves drew 2-2 with Georgeham and Croyde Reserves, with the homes side’s goals coming from Peter McMillan and Spencer Phillips. Georgeham’s goals were scored by Billy Ashford.