Ilfracombe Town put four past Torridgeside in South West Peninsula League

PUBLISHED: 12:53 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 02 January 2018

Ilfracombe Town v Torridgeside.

Ilfracombe Town v Torridgeside.


Bluebirds come out on top in North Devon derby in Division One East on Saturday

A second-half hat-trick from Simon Townsend helped Ilfracombe Town to a derby win over Torridgeside in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League on Saturday.

The Bluebirds struck four unanswered goals in the second half for a 4-1 win in Division One East.

Marc Bettiss gave the visitors the lead inside five minutes, capitalising on some good fortune to slot the ball past Rob Holmes in the Ilfracombe goal.

Opener aside, neither side created any clear cut chances in the first half, although it was the Bluebirds who had the lion’s share of the ball.

Ilfracombe levelled things up a few minutes after the break. Townsend was quickest to react to a loose ball before firing past Adam Williams for his first goal.

A free-flowing counter-attack saw Ilfracombe take the lead on 70 minutes. Will Berry, Townsend and debutant Brian Levien combined to carve open the Torridgeside defence, with Berry providing the final finish.

The game opened up after the goal. Torridgeside went close to equalising when Neil Bettiss got on the end of a Rory Paine free kick, but the centre-back’s header was over the bar.

With two minutes of the 90 remaining, Combe sealed the three points, capitalising on a miscued clearance, Levien laid it off for Townsend for his second.

Then with what was almost the last kick of the game, Townsend completed his hat-trick. Josh Phillips’ clearance went straight to the stiker, who bore down on goal before firing in.

Bluebirds coach Clem Bennellick said he was ‘delighted’ with the result, as well as the performance from his side in the second half.

“I wasn’t sure who the conditions would suit more, but in the end it did suit us and I’m delighted,” he said.

“We had a game plan to press them higher in the second half and put them under pressure and it really played into our hands.

“Credit to the ground staff who did a fantastic job to get the game on.”

Ilfracombe travel to Axminster Town on Saturday, while Torridgeside host leaders Newton Abbot Spurs.

Other Sport Stories

Mon, 14:25

Two first half goals did the damage as Barnstaple Town were beaten 2-0 at home to Cirencester Town in the Evo-Stik League South West on Saturday.

Read more
Mon, 13:39

Sean Downing scored four goals as Bideford hit Shortwood United for six in the Evo-Stik League South West on Saturday.

Read more
Friday, March 16, 2018

Postponements due to wet weather aren’t an unusual occurrence over the course of the football season, but with as few as seven weeks of the season left for some teams, it means there’s a lot to get through.

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Coo Star Sivola clung on grimly to provide North Devon born jockey Lizzie Kelly with her first Cheltenham Festival success in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wet weather meant another Saturday of reduced fixtures in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.

Read more
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Barnstaple Amateur Boxing Club’s Jed Davies and Billy Sheppard were in action in junior championships in Avonmouth on Saturday.

Read more
Monday, March 12, 2018

Torrington Police Amateur Boxing Club’s first home show of 2018 was a successful one for the club.

Read more
Monday, March 12, 2018

Bideford Amateur Athletic Club’s Shaun Antell ensured there was a home win at the Bideford Half Marathon 2018 on Sunday.

Read more
Monday, March 12, 2018

Barnstaple go into their rearranged game at Chinnor looking to end a three-game losing streak that has left the National Leauge Two South drop zone a bit too close for comfort.

Read more
Monday, March 12, 2018

Bideford have a must-win encounter with Matson at King George’s this Saturday in Tribute South West One.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Local Weather



max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications