Tuesday, December 17, 2013
This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
Boca Seniors will end 2013 as Premier division league leaders after extending their 100% record to 13 games on Saturday.
Shebbear United were Boca’s latest scalp, as the home side failed to deal with Boca’s attacking threat in tricky conditions.
Goals from Jimmy Hill, Ciaron Lishman, Elliott Whitecross and Matt Deakin sealed a convincing 4-0 for Boca, which keeps them ahead of Braunton and Bideford Reserves with one more fixture before 2014.
Braunton kept up the chase with a 12th win of their own this season, beating Appledore Reserves 3-1.
The win keeps up their good form ahead of a top of the table clash with Boca on January 4.
Bideford Reserves also have the chance to close in on Boca after registering their seventh win in a row.
They beat Dolton 6-3 at home on Saturday and still have two games to play before the end of the month, which could get them back to within a point of the table’s summit.
Torrington, too, have shown excellent form in recent weeks and kept that trend going with a comprehensive 8-0 thrashing of Chittlehampton.
Chittle remain without a win this season after two goals from Danny Jenkins, a Nathan Delaune brace and singles from Dan Wilson, George Bartlett, Tom Willoughby and Tyler Evans-Loude saw Torrington to a fourth straight win.
Defending champions Torridgeside’s recent upturn in fortunes also continued as they beat struggling Bradworthy 6-1 – their fourth win in five matches.
The win sees them stay fifth, just four points behind Torrington above them.
Fremington also picked up a win in their mid-table clash with Ilfracombe Reserves, and few would have expected to see a winning margin as wide as the 4-0 final score.
Fremington have still only played 10 games in the league this season, and could continue to climb the table when they travel to Georgeham & Croyde on Saturday.
Braunton Reserves continue to go from strength to strength in the Senior division after a 4-1 win at Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves.
Braunton extended their lead at the top to four points with a twelfth win in 14 league outings.
And they were able to cruise to victory on Saturday, as goals from Will Dale, Ryan Hawkes and Lee Eates put them 3-0 up before half-time.
The second half proved a more even contest, but the fourth was put away 10 minutes from time by Steve Penrose – called up from the fourths on the morning of the game.
And their league lead was widened as Park United found themselves on the wrong end of one of the biggest shocks of the weekend. They were beaten 2-1 at home by mid-table Putford, a result which leaves Park needing a win this Saturday when they entertain Combe Martin.
Barnstaple FC also profited from that result, moving to within just two points of Park.
They continued Morwenstow Reserves’ miserable season, beating them 5-0 and making it seven games unbeaten in the process.
Their goals came from Stuart Mckinnon (2), Tom Bloomer, Maurice Charley and Danny Cheetham.
Landkey also remain in the mix after they beat Merton by two goals to one on the road.
Goals from Joe Gillard and Wayne Thomas cancelled out Luke Ashton’s effort, putting Landkey three points off Barnstaple with a game in hand.
North Molton also picked up an important three points, beating Torridgeside Reseres by two goals to nil, thanks to strikes from Marcus Mahoney and Darryll Reed.
North Molton face Barnstaple FC next weekend in what could prove a pivotal fixture for both sides.
A James Campbell brace wasn’t enough to save South Molton from a 10th league defeat of the season, as they were beaten 5-2 by Lynton & Lynmouth.
Ashwater also picked up three points, benefitting from a walkover as Combe Marin failed to raise a side for their encounter.
Braunton Thirds claimed back to the top of Intermediate One after a 5-2 win at Barnstaple FC Reserves.
Braunton are still unbeaten in the league this season and went back to the top of the table after Equalizers dropped points at home to strugglers Sporting Barum.
Equalizers were held 3-3 in tricky conditions, with a slippery pitch and high winds playing their part, but it was still an excellent point for Barum despite goals from Jason Lathwell (2) and Jose Casanova for Equalizers.
Pilton also got themselves right into the mix with a thumping 5-0 win over Torrington Reserves.
Goals from Alex Boreham, Chris Nicol, James Ley, Lloyd Harvey-Bryant and Matt Procter were enough to lift Pilton within two points of the league leaders.
Ilfracombe Thirds are also well positioned for a tilt at the title, with their latest win coming at Northam Lions Reserves.
Arron Croxford, Colin Woodcock and Neil Reed scored for Combe to secure a fine 3-2 away win – a fourth game without defeat.
And just a single point behind Ilfracombe are Anchor Chiefs, who put a third win in a row on the board by beating High Bickington 4-0 on Saturday.
Jamie Bushby, Charlie Harding, Ian Keen and Craig Russell were all on target for Chiefs, who also have games in hand on three of the four teams currently above them in the table. A win at Torrington Reserves next time out could see them climb as high as second by Christmas.
Hartland also remain in touch at the top, and a hard-fought 4-3 win over Barnstaple AAC Reserves ensured it stayed that way.
Like Anchor Chiefs, they have games in hand on the majority of the teams above them, and even in sixth position they are only six points off leaders Braunton.
Clovelly registered only their second win of the season, beating Northside Atlantic by two goals to one to close the gap on the teams above them.
It was only the third time in 12 outings this season that Clovelly had avoided defeat, but their latest win is sure to give them a boost before their trip to Barnstaple FC Reserves this Saturday.
North Molton Thirds hammered Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves to widen the gap at the top of Intermediate Two.
Brad Campbell hit a hat-trick, Oliver Chalk scored twice and Andrew Alexander netted as North Molton hit Woolacombe for six to open their gap atop the division to three points.
Ryan Offield scored a consolation for Woolacombe.
Haxton Rangers fell behind after being held 2-2 at home by Braunton Fourths, although they do still have three games in hand on the league leaders.
Chivenor missed the chance to leapfrog Haxton as they suffered a shock defeat to Georgeham & Croyde Reserves.
Chivenor were beaten 3-1, and now sit two points behind Haxton, having played two more games.
Appledore Academy proved they could also be a factor in this season’s title race with a 4-0 win over Anchor Chiefs Reserves.
Their goals came from Ben Morris, Callum Rogers, Steven Flood and Matthew Bryce as Academy got to within 10 points of the table toppers.
Putford Reserves picked up a vital three points by beating Chittlehampton Reserves 4-1 on Saturday.
The win moved them up to 11th ahead of a difficult trip to Fremington Reserves this weekend.
Elsewhere, South Molton Reserves and Hartland Reserves played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.
South Molton went in front via an own goal on 40 minutes, before Hartland equalised through Billy Wickfield and South Molton regained the lead through Jack Hogg – all before half time.
Both sides had their chances, and a Charlie Wickfield strike ensured the game finished all square.