Combe Martin’s title challenge took a knock at the weekend despite winning their game away to North Molton Reserves 4-1.

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Goals by Simon Townsened (2), Carl Power and Nick Copeland put Combe ahead in the match, but they have lost the points for fielding an unregistered player and slip to fourth place.

Top-of-the-table Fremington maintained their momentum and their three point lead with a 5-1 win at home to Shamwickshire Reserves.

A slip by a defender in the sticky conditions let Shammy’s Ryan West in for the opening goal and they held the lead until five minutes from half time, when goals in quick succession by Andy King and Mark Sanders enabled Fremington to change ends 2-1 ahead.

The second half saw second goals for both King and Sanders, plus another by Simon Larcombe.

Second-placed Torrington hit bottom-of-the-table Ashwater with one of their best displays, adapting well to the difficult conditions and running out 10-0 winners.

It took a while to get into their stride, but after George Bartlett opened their account on 15 minutes Torrington went 4-0 up by half-time and stretched ever further ahead going down the slope after the break.

Ashwater refused to give up and stuck to their task, but could not answer goals by Danny Jenkins (5), Matthew Brice (2), Clive Dymond (2) and George Bartlett.

Merton hit visiting North Lions Reserves for six without reply.

Nathan Delaune hit a hat-trick and other goals came from 16-year-old George Nancekivell, who had a tremendous game in midfield, and from Jamie Ashton and Sam Munday.

A single goal settled the South Molton versus Lynton clash.

Playing their first game in six weeks, Lynton were goal rusty and missed a number of chances.

Duncan Almond settled it with a first half goal after a good run and delivery by Luke Dyer.

South Molton pressed in the second half, but failed to turn possession into clear cut chances.

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