Tuesday, September 10, 2013
This weekend’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
Braunton have teams at the top of three of the four North Devon League divisions – including the Premier.
The first team kept up their fine early-season form with a 4-0 win at Bradworthy on Saturday, following a 0-0 draw at Torrington last Tuesday night.
First half goals from defenders Scott Maynard and Radley Watkins put Braunton in the driving seat, and strikers Mark Gilfillan and Sam Box capitalised by making it three and four respectively in the second half.
Mark Harris’ side are still yet to concede a goal this season, and the Braunton boss gave a special mention to newcomer Sean Lowe for his performance in goal on Saturday.
“The young lad’s just come down from Liverpool and he had a cracking game and kept a clean sheet,” said Harris.
“Overall it was a very good performance.”
Braunton faced Georgeham & Croyde on Tuesday evening, after the North Devon Gazette had gone to print.
Boca Seniors remain the only side in the division with a 100% record – though they will have three games in hand on Braunton by the time they kick off against Barnstaple AAC on Wednesday night.
The match should be a cracker, with both teams looking strong in the first few games of the season.
Boca continued their winning run with a 4-2 win at Ilfracombe Reserves on Saturday. Matt Deakin scored twice for the visitors, and goals from Tom Popham and Richard Shannon sealed another well-earned win.
Bideford Reserves sit just a point behind Braunton after a 2-0 win at Dolton on Saturday, which came on the back of a 1-0 win at Appledore Reserves four days earlier.
Phil Kelly put Biddy in front inside of 20 seconds, with Mischa Howe doubling the lead just before half time.
And Bideford had to play out the game with ten men after Joe Grimley was sent off, but manager Dean Johns was happy with the result.
“We were dominant until the red card, but after that I told them to shut up shop as I was happy,” he said.
Torrington recorded their first win of the season in some style, beating Appledore Reserves 5-0.
The strikers got amongst the goals for Torrington, with Nathan Delaune registering a high-quality hat-trick and Danny Jenkins firing a brace.
“I’m glad for the two lads up front getting in the goals,” said manager Steve Bartlett. “It’s nice to get some points on the board against a strong Appledore side.”
Shamwickshire Rovers also won, beating Georgeham & Croyde 4-1, while two games were decided by the odd goal in seven.
Fremington beat Chittlehampton 4-3, and North Molton Sports Club beat Shebbear United by the same score on what club secretary Tim Perry called a ‘great weekend’ for the club.
Braunton Reserves are another of the Braunton teams topping their division, following a 4-0 win at Woolsery.
The strong start to the season from Braunton’s sides continued as Dan Ball scored twice for the reserves, complimented by strikes from Jason Jones and Alan Woodcock.
Braunton have put twelve points on the board from a possible 15.
But Park United are only behind them on goal difference after a Dave Brown hat-trick fired them to a 5-2 win of their own over Putford – and Park have a game in hand.
Tom Forrester and Mark Hill were also on target for Park as they proved too good for Putford.
And Barnstaple FC also have twelve points to their name, having beaten South Molton 6-2 on Saturday.
James Campbell and Mitchell Wensley grabbed consolation goals in the second half for South Molton.
Barnstaple travel to Park United on Saturday for what should be one of the biggest games of the season.
North Molton Sports Club Reserves have shot up to fourth in the table after four of their players scored hat-tricks in a resounding 14-0 win over Morwenstow Reserves.
Darryll Reed, Matt Yates, Dan Milewski and Josh Heslington all came away with hat-tricks, and Jordan Roberts and Kieran Smith were also on the scoresheet in an incredibly one-sided contest.
NMSC Reserves have now had 11 different goalscorers this season.
“It certainly boosted the goal average,” said secretary Tim Perry. “Let’s hope it still stands at the end of the season.”
The defeat leaves Morwenstow rooted to the bottom of the Senior division table, having lost all four of their games and their goal difference of -37 will be a concern.
Torridgeside Reserves pulled off a bit of shock, claiming their first win of the season with a 6-1 victory over Lynton & Lynmouth.
Elsewhere, Merton beat Combe Martin 4-1 and Landkey Town beat Northam Lions 3-1.
Braunton Thirds are following the example of the first and second teams and sit top of the Inter One league.
They won in impressive fashion again on Saturday, beating Northam Lions Reserves 7-2, after a thrilling 4-4 draw with Woolacombe & Mortehoe last Tuesday, to remain the only unbeaten side in the league.
Equalizers overcame Anchor Chiefs 3-2 to join Braunton at the top of the table, but have played a game more.
Woolacombe & Mortehoe are also going well after beating High Bickington 2-1 on Saturday, while Torrington Reserves lie fourth after a 3-1 win over Clovelly.
Pilton Academicals remain in the upper reaches of the league following a 2-2 draw at home to Barnstaple FC Reserves, and they are still yet to lose a game after two wins and three draws.
Barnstaple AAC Reseves were 4-1 winners against Hartland, and Sporting Barum squeezed past Ilfracombe Town Thirds 3-2.
After Buckland Brewer folded just ahead of the new season’s kick off, the uneven number of teams in the league has lead to some teams having already played five matches while others, including bottom-of-the-table Northside Atlantic, have only played twice.
Fremington Reserves marched on in Intermediate Two with a surprisingly tight 3-2 win at Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves.
Fremington made it five wins out of five, but were made to work for the three points by an opponent who came into the game with three points from the opening four games.
Chivenor have kept in touch at the top after beating Putford Reserves 5-2 on Saturday. They’ve put 13 points on the board from their first five games, and are now above Appledore Academy after they dropped their first points of the season.
Academy were beaten lost 2-1 at home to North Molton Sports Club Thirds.
Haxton Rangers are also looking good in their first season in the North Devon Gazette Football League, beating South Molton 6-0 this weekend.
But South Molton picked up a big win in the local derby with North Molton earlier in the week. An Ash Short goal was enough for them to claim a 1-0 win.
The misery continued at the bottom of the league for Georgeham & Croyde Reserves, as they were beaten 5-1 by Lynton & Lynmouth Reserves. G & C have now lost all five of their opening games this term.
Anchor Chiefs Reserves beat Woolsery Reserves by six goals to three to stay within three points of the leaders, and there were also wins for Chittlehampton Reserves and a great win for Hartland Reserves over Braunton Fourths.