CHRISTMAS in North Devon Click here for our FESTIVE GUIDES CLICK HERE

Ilfracombe bag third win in a row to ensure premier survival

15:37 30 April 2014

Ilfracombe Town FC

Ilfracombe Town FC


Ilfracombe Town 3-1 Hallen

ILFRACOMBE Town secured their Toolstation Western League Premier division status for another season with a 3-1 win over Hallen on Tuesday night.

Combe went into the game knowing that one win from their last three matches would make absolutely sure of their survival after a difficult season, and were able to make it three league wins in a row for the first time all season.

The Bluebirds were boosted by the availability of Bideford pair Kev Squires and Stephen Reed for Tuesday’s visit of Hallen, and flew out of the traps in the early stages.

The visiting goalkeeper made a string of good saves to deny Mark Clunie, Steve Holland and James Mayne in the opening 10 minutes, but Combe eventually found the breakthrough when a Reed freekick was headed in by Squires.

10 minutes later the lead was doubled when Stan Paxton got beyond the last defender down the right and whipped the ball in for Squires to turn home his second of the night.

Ilfracombe ‘keeper Kurtis Parkin had had very little to do in the opening 45 minutes, but was kicking the ball out of his net almost straight from the kick-off in the second period.

The Ilfracombe defence split wide open, allowing the visiting striker through on goal before scuffing his shot through the hands of Parkin.

It was not the start to the second half that Ross Middleton’s men had envisaged, but they quickly re-found their composure and created a number of chances, but could not put the game to bed.

Things were finally settled in the 85th minute, when Clunie unleashed a terrific strike from 25 yards out to emphatically ease the nerves around Marlborough Park.

“I’m absolutely buzzing and feeling proud as punch of all the lads,” said Ilfracombe manager Middleton. “They’ve kept going and found form when we really needed it.

“The main feeling now is jut pride that the lads kept going because it has been the craziest season I’ve ever known. The things that have gone against us have been unheard of.

“Winning on Tuesday means we can relax and enjoy the last two games.

“The players have stuck with what we believed were the right things and now we’ve got the rewards. I’m just delighted for them.”

Ilfracombe can now look forward to their final home game of the season against Odd Down on Saturday, before finishing their season at Hengrove Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Trainer Victor Dartnall with Dancing Shadow

Brayford-based trainer Victor Dartnall is heading into the winter jump season with a strong team of young horses, as well as some more familiar names, and with the mud flying following early November’s deluge, runners will be coming thick and fast.

Read more
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Alexander McDonald with a 21lb 3 oz Stafford Moor carp.

North Devon’s angling scene with Tony Gussin...

Read more
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Luke Berry (right) scored a conversion before going off injured on Saturday. Pic: Bob Collins

Barnstaple only had themselves to blame for the 23-7 defeat at Bournemouth that cut their lead at the top of the National Three South West table.

Read more
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A 27-24 win at Coney Hill – Bideford’s first on the road this season - kept them a safe distance away from the bottom three.

Read more
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Kyle England and Max Deeble receive their trophies from Tommy Langford

Bideford ABC fans were treated to a great night of boxing at the Durrant House Hotel on Friday.

Read more
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Jed Harper-Penman put Barnstaple in front. Picture: Jay Smith

Barnstaple Town are out of the FA Vase following a tight 2-1 defeat at Hengrove Athletic.

Read more
Friday, November 20, 2015
Torridge Pilto Gig Club completed a 24-hour sponsored row

Twenty-six Torridge Pilot Gig Club members embarked on a 24-hour sponsored row to raise funds for new rowing equipment.

Read more
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tommy Langford

Bideford ABC’s boxers have hit fine form approaching the club’s annual dinner show on Friday.

Read more
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Will Topps watches as Barnstaple team-mate Linford Brock makes a break. Pic: Bob Collins

Last-gasp experts Barnstaple did it again by beating Lydney 21-20 in the nick of time on Saturday to stay six points clear at the top of National League Three South West.

Read more
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Cod and codling should be available to catch at marks around North Devon now

North Devon angling scene with Tony Gussin

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Most Read Sport

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

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

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications