Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
There was to be no upset for top-of-the-table Braunton against bottom club Chittlehampton on Saturday.
Braunton dominated the game in a 7-0 win, even without a number of their first team regulars, helping them to a sixth win in seven league games.
A single Callum Norman goal put Braunton in front at half time, and after Sam Box came off the bench to score a hat-trick the points were more than secure.
Simon Townsend scored twice, and Mark Gilfillan was on target as well.
Remarkably, Braunton are still yet to concede this season.
Boca Seniors kept in touch with a big win of their own as they hit Georgeham and Croyde for six.
The 6-0 win means they remain the only side in the league with a 100% record, taking the maximum 18 points from six games.
Bideford Reserves could only draw with Shebbear United in a thrilling contest which finished 3-3, but which leaves last year’s runners-up six points off the top even at this early stage of the season.
Bideford Reserves manager Dean Johns described the result as ‘very poor’ as his side went in 2-0 down at half time to two set pieces.
A goal from Phil Kelly and two from Will Nichols put Bideford in front, but they let their lead slip in the final moments of the game.
Barnstaple AAC, Fremington and North Molton are now level on points with Bideford Reserves after all three recorded wins at the weekend.
Barnstaple beat Torrington 2-1, while Fremington came out 2-1 winners at home to Torridgeside.
Goals from Jamie Giffard, Luke Holland and James Tapp were enough to claim another three points for North Molton as they beat Ilfracombe Town Reserves 3-1. Cortt Hewitt’s effort for the visitors proved only a consolation.
Dolton picked up a crucial win at Bradworthy, with a solitary goal from Ben Mardon proving the difference between the sides.
Next weekend sees all 16 teams in Brayford Cup action, where the clash between the league’s early pacesetters Braunton and Boca Seniors looks set to be the tie of the round.
Braunton Reserves have opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Senior division after thrashing Merton 9-2 on Saturday.
In a game which saw nine different players get their names on the scoresheet, Braunton got off to a flier to take the game away from the home side early on. Jason Jones and Alan Woodcock each scored twice, while Tavis Fairlie, Matt Hunnibell, Max Welland and substitutes Dan Crocombe and Matt Hunt all found the net for Braunton. Sam Davey and Craig McConnachie scored for Merton but their side was well beaten by a Braunton team which looked fit and strong from the very first minute.
Landkey Town got their biggest win of the season so far and moved into second after beating Barnstaple FC 3-1.
Landkey outplayed Barnstaple in the first half and led 3-0 at the break through goals from Connor White, Joe Gillard and Toby Burnett.
“It was definitely a good performance against a good side,” said club secretary Stephen Platt. “It was a good game and to win is a bonus really.”
Park United also kept their good form going with a 3-0 win at Northam Lions, and leapfrogged Barnstaple to move third with a fifth win in six games.
South Molton are still without a point, but came oh-so-close in one of the weekend’s tightest contests.
They lost 5-4 and missed a penalty at home to Woolsery but will take a huge amount of confidence from pushing a strong Woolsery team all the way on Saturday.
South Molton trailed for much of the game, but goals from James Campbell, Colin Kennerson, Josh Hicks and Matt Parkhouse put them 4-3 ahead with ten minutes to play, but Woolsery found a way to win and secured another three points.
Woolsery had led 3-1 thanks to two goals from Russell Sharnan, and along with the efforts of Dan Danstone, Jack Smallridge and Kyle Waldron they were able to scrape another win.
“It was a cracking game,” said Woolsery manager Kevin Glover. “We weren’t at our best but a win’s a win at the end of the day.”
But Combe Martin did put their first points on the board, beating Torridgeside Reserves 2-1.
Putford won by the biggest margin this weekend, beating Morwenstow Reserves 9-0 on Saturday.
Chris Pomeroy and Brad Prouse both scored hat-tricks, and goals from Dave Buckpitt, Rob Slee and Wayne Pomeroy sealed an emphatic victory.
Ashwater dropped points for the first time this season in the only goalless game of the weekend across all four divisions, drawing 0-0 with North Molton Reserves.
The Combe Martin Cup comes next weekend for the Senior division sides, with Park United v Landkey Town catching the eye.
Braunton’s dominance of the North Devon Gazette Football League continued in Intermediate One, where Braunton Thirds dealt a first defeat of the season to Pilton.
Braunton came out 4-1 winners to move back to the summit of the Inter One table, one point ahead of Equalizers.
Ilfracombe Thirds continued their improvement with a 5-0 hammering of Barnstaple FC Reserves to move fourth, after Anchor Chiefs could only draw at High Bickington.
Goals from Charlie Harding and a 30-yard stunner from man-of-the-match Chris Stockton weren’t enough as High Bickington twice pegged Chiefs back to earn a point.
“Today was the difference between a good footballing team that is still building and a High Bick side that have been together for a while and never gave up,” said Anchor Chiefs manager Mick Tattersall. “Sloppy defending is what lost us two points today but the whole team has the potential to play better.”
Hartland recorded their second win of the season in some style, beating Torrington Reserves 7-2, and Sporting Barum also got a second win on the board with a 4-1 victory at struggling Northside Atlantic.
Woolacombe & Mortehoe beat Clovelly 2-0 on Friday evening in the first of the new ‘Friday Night Football’ slots at Barnstaple Town’s Mill Road.
The Arlington Cup begins on Saturday.
Chivenor beat Fremington Reserves 2-1 in Saturday’s top of the table clash.
They stay top, a point clear of newcomers Haxton Rangers, who recorded another fine 5-1 win over Hartland Reserves.
Braunton Fourths moved back up into third after a thrilling 4-3 win at Anchor Chiefs Reserves.
Dan Stubbings gave Chiefs an early lead but they were soon trailing and never managed to get back on terms. Gavin May and Damien Shaddick also scored for the home side.
Georgeham & Croyde Reserves picked up a good point at Appledore Academy in a tasty encounter which finished 3-3.
Ross Curtis gave South Molton Reserves a second half lead over Woolsery Reserves, but couldn’t hold on as Woolsery claimed a second win of the season.
Elsewhere, Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves beat Putford Reserves 3-0 and Chittle Reserves won 2-1 against Lynton & Lymouth.