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Braunton are back in business

22:28 01 February 2013

Northside Atlantics Matt Cann shields the ball in his sides 3-1 win against High Bickington. Pic by www.platinumimages.uk.com

Northside Atlantics Matt Cann shields the ball in his sides 3-1 win against High Bickington. Pic by www.platinumimages.uk.com

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BRAUNTON recovered from a sluggish start to beat Barnstaple AAC in their first game of football in nearly two months.

The Ammies went 1-0 up through a Scott Maynard own goal before brother Ross Maynard levelled the scores from the penalty spot.

Tom White made it 2-1 for Braunton but Conor Heeney equalised for the hosts after good work by Josh Marinaro before the break.

Scott Maynard made up for the own goal to put Braunton 3-2 up within seconds of the re-start and it was plain sailing at Pottington Road as Sam Box and Steve Burley added more to make the final score 5-2.

Flooding at Lobb Field – the worst that Braunton manager Mark Harris said he had ever seen – has put a serious dent in Braunton’s fixture schedule but they’ll hope to pick up the pieces of their league campaign with a trip to Shebbear this weekend.

Also in the North Devon Gazette Premier Division, there was a hat-trick for Nathan Davies in Appledore Reserves’ 5-1 win at Georgeham and Croyde.

Mike Jones scored a brace for the Fishermen and Alex Marks added the consolation for Georgeham.

A second-string Chittlehampton side came from two goals down to rescue a point at Ilfracombe Town Reserves.

Jordan Alcock and Matthew Beveridge fired the Bluebirds in front but Ciaron Lishman’s audacious lob, followed by a Nico Pfieffer effort pulled Chittle’ level.

Manager Dave Peters said: “I struggled to get a side out as some of the first team players had gone skiing.

“I called up five or six reserve players and was really pleased with how they played.”

In the Senior Division, Mark Sanders and Matt Ford were on target for leaders Fremington as they shared the points with third-placed Combe Martin in a 2-2 draw.

There were two goals apiece for George Bartlett, Kai Dymond and Danny Jenkins in Torrington’s 6-2 win at Park United.

James Bateman scored the only goal for Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves in a 5-1 defeat at Woolsery.

Shammy have announced they are on the look-out for a new reserves team manager after Dean Tucker was forced to step down due to work commitments.

In Intermediate One, Northam Lions’ first team goalkeeper Steve Ronald came off the bench to level the scores with his first kick of the game in the 3-2 win at home to Sporting Barum.

John Van Emmenis had pulled one back for the Lions who went 2-0 down against Sporting. Ali Bright notched the winner for the hosts with just under 10 minutes to go.

In other matches, Clovelly and Braunton Thirds drew 1-1 and Northside Atlantic beat High Bickington 3-1.

In Intermediate Two, Buckland Brewer got back to winning ways in sluggish fashion against a battling Woolsery Reserves side.

Arran Brooks put Buckland ahead from a free kick and Brooks added a second with a low powerful drive from an acute angle.

Simon Adams followed in a rebound from Brooks to make it 3-0 after 30 minutes.

Woolsery pulled one back from the penalty spot after the break but Adams completed the 4-1 win with well-taken curling strike from the edge of the area.

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