Make or break January awaits Bideford
15:15 18 December 2012
Bideford Reserves were the big winners of the weekend, beating both the weather and Georgeham and Croyde to move five points clear at the top of the Premier Division.
In the only Premier Division game to go ahead, they came through 6-2 winners, but not before an early hiccup.
Will Nicholls knocked home Bideford’s opening goal within 10 minutes, but then Georgeham stunned their hosts with two in quick succession to go 2-1 up. Chris Barrow hit the first with a free kick and a second was slotted home by Sean Creely.
Georgeham lost full back Tim Scott with a leg injury before Phil Kelly headed Bideford level by half-time. Bideford went ahead with a goal by Aaron Stevens and after Georgeham lost Simon Adams to a second yellow card they moved steadily away with further goals by Rick Williams, Jake England and a second by Williams in the final minute.
The win makes some amends for a midweek exit from the Westward Ho! Cup 2-1 at the hands of close rivals Boca Seniors.
Bideford now look forward to a ‘make or break’ January in which they are scheduled to meet fellow contenders North Molton (twice), Boca Seniors, Torridgeside and Braunton and contest a league cup semi-final away to Shamwickshire.
Torrington moved to level on points with Fremington at the top of the Senior Division with a 3-1 win at home to Lynton and Lynmouth.
They were coasting at 3-0 with a hat-trick by Cory Hynd, but missed several other chances , including a penalty.
Reshuffled Lynton, playing without any of their recognised strikers, hit back with a first goal by Tristan Jones and caused some anxious moments in the final 10 minutes.
Centre half Harry Taffs was named man-of-the-match for his fine display at the heart of a stout Torrington defence.
Third placed Braunton Reserves slipped up 2-1 away to Shamwickshire Reserves.
Shammy took a 2-0 lead by half-time with goals by Ryan West and Mark Jury. Braunton pulled one back through Sam McCreedy on 70 minutes and piled on the pressure in the closing stages, but could not find the equaliser.
South Molton and Woolsery fought out a seven-goal thriller in which visiting Woolsery came back from 3-0 down to take a 4-3 victory.
Josh Hicks opened the scoring for South Molton on 30 minutes and their new ‘international Irish player’ Turlough Adley added a second soon after the break.
Hicks scored again five minutes later, but then the tide turned. Tom Hawkes put Woolsery on the scoresheet and Paul Schiller then hit two in five minutes to bring them level. With 75 minutes gone Chris Brown sealed it for Woolsery.
Park United were left wondering why opponents Ashwater are sitting at the bottom of the Senior Division table after a game of two differing halves forced them to battle from behind before finally winning 3-2.
Ashwater had the better of the opening half and were 2-0 up by the break.
A Mark Hill penalty started the Park revival and further second-half goals by Steve Skinner and Tom Forrester gave them their win.
Leaders do battle
The big top-of-the-table clash in Intermediate One saw a 10-goal battle between Torridgeside Reserves and Ilfracombe 3rds.
Torridgeside came out on top 6-4, but Ilfracombe stay top of the table by virtue of having played more games.
It was looking easy for Torridgeside as they went 3-0 ahead, but second half substitutions by both sides brought a change of fortunes. Ilfracombe pulled back to 3-2 and is was ding-dong from there on in.
Marc Bettis (2), Drew Sullivan, Rory Paine, Jethro Kimber and Tarin Stacey scored for Torridgeside, with Colin and John Woodcock, Ki Stanley and Tristan Leach replying for Ilfracombe.
Changes are in the air at Braunton 3rds after a second big league reverse, this time 6-2 away to Barnstaple AAC Reserves.
A change in system has not proved successful, so thoughts are now turning to reverting to their old winning style.
Ammies opened with an early goal by Steve Isaac, which was cancelled out by a Steve Burley reply. Then Isaac, Carl Smith and Jordan Brett made it 4-1 to Ammies by half-time. Further Ammies goals by Connor Heeney and Smith were sandwiched by a Braunton second from Dan Nott.
Clovelly followed up their double success of the previous weekend with a 4-1 reverse away to Northside Atlantic.
Carl Armstrong headed home from a corner and Tom Gleeson struck a sweet volley from the edge of the box to put Northside 2-0 up at the break. The second half was more evenly contested. Clovelly pulled it back to 2-1 with a penalty by Luke Arkless, but as they tried to push for an equaliser Northside found the gaps to double their scoreline through Tom Gleeson and Shaun Wilson.
Georgeham go top
Georgeham Reserves are new leaders of Intermediate Two after a 4-2 win at home to Chittlehampton Reserves.
They, too, were coasting at 3-0 with 25 minutes to go before substitutions brought a change of fortune as Chittle pulled back to 3-2. There were anxious minutes before Georgeham’s fourth made the game safe.
Georgeham scorers were Lee Holder, Ed Holmes (2) and Dale Sawyer and Chittle pulled back through Peter Underhill and Tom Murray.
South Molton Reserves came out 2-1 on top in their basement battle away to Lynton and Lynmouth Reserves to claim their second league win of the season.
Although South Molton dominated the early possession it was Lynton who created three clean cut opportunities, scoring one through 16-year-old Jasper Tucker on 25 minutes to take a 1-0 lead in at half-time.
The second half saw Molton turn their dominance into goals and a super assist by Ben Sladden saw Dave Read beat three men to score an equaliser. Tom Clement added a second on the hour and although Lynton pressed hard to come back Molton stood firm.