North Devon Gazette Football League: Ilfracombe Town return to top of Premier

PUBLISHED: 13:59 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:59 19 April 2017

Shamwickshire Rovers v Ilfracombe Town. Picture: Matt Smart

Shamwickshire Rovers v Ilfracombe Town. Picture: Matt Smart

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This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

Premier

Ilfracombe Town moved back to the top of the North Devon Gazette Premier on Saturday.

The Bluebirds beat Shamwickshire Rovers 4-1 at Pollyfield.

Cassian Blackmore gave Ilfracombe the lead before Nathan Bate put Shammy back on terms from the penalty spot.

Joe Seldon restored the lead for the visitors before another from Blackmore and one from Simon Townsend wrapped things up.

Last night (Tuesday) Ilfracombe beat Fremington 5-1, with Seldon and Townsend scoring two each. Blackmore also netted, and Ryan Sanders scored for Fremington.

Shamwickshire Rovers have been neck and neck with Park United as they both try and break into the top three, and Park were also on the end of a defeat on Saturday.

Shebbear United beat them 4-1 at home, with Shaun Sluggett scoring a brace.

Matt Facey and Ben Sharpe also scored for Shebbear, while Nick Glover netted for the visitors.

Third-placed Boca Seniors recovered from last weekend’s defeat to Ilfracombe with a 5-2 win at Barnstaple FC.

Claudio Pinto got two goals for Boca, who added through Danny and Ed Jenkins and substitute Ben Ford.

Lewis Turnbull and substitute Jamie Hopkins scored for Barnstaple.

Torrington picked up a clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Bideford CAFC to stay seventh.

Nathan Delaune scored a brace, with Matt Bryce also netting.

Despite the win, Torrington are still 11 points behind sixth-placed Bradworthy, who drew with North Molton.

In a 2-2 draw, Matt Carter and Mike Sampson scored for the Horniwinks, while Scott De-Ritis and Cory Roach scored for the Stags.

Saturday’s other game saw Hartland pick up a 2-1 win away at Landkey Town.

Dan Wilson and Keith Cornish scored for the visitors, while Will Laramy found the net for Landkey.

Senior

Sporting Barum were the big winners in the North Devon Senior on Saturday afternoon.

Barum took advantage of a depleted Northam Lions to win 9-2 at Burrough Farm.

Matt Deakin scored two goals for Barum in the win, while Damian Green, Rudi Small, Kriss Boreham, Marcus Mahoney, Josh Pearce and Kyle Spear all netted.

They followed up pn that result last night (Tuesday) with a 4-1 win over Braunton Reserves.

Lions will be looking to bounce back this evening (Wednesday) with a derby game against Shamwickshire Rovers.

Rovers were on the end of a 6-1 defeat to Braunton Reserves, who drew level with leaders Ilfracombe Town Reserves on points.

Fourth-placed Torridgeside Reserves had to battle back from 3-1 down to secure three points against Chittlehampton.

Jethro Kimber got the late goal for Torridgeside, rounding off a team move and giving them a 4-3 win.

It marked the second four-goal win of the week for Torridgeside, who beat Stratton United 4-1 on Wednesday evening. Ollie Kenneally scored twice in that win.

At the other end of the table, Pilton Academicals picked up a much needed win at home to Putford.

A hat-trick from Lloyd Harvey-Bryant helped Pilton on their way, with Ben Paul adding to the score.

The win also meant a first clean sheet of the season for the home side.

Putford remain second-from-bottom after Combe Martin were beaten 4-0 by Merton.

Intermediate One

Clovelly were the big winners in Intermediate One on Saturday.

They handed out a 14-2 thumping to North Molton Reserves.

Connor Blament and Matt Boylan scored 11 of those, with Balment getting a double hat-trick and Boylan with five.

Spencer David netted a brace and Lewis Ford came off the bench to add one.

Marcin Brozek and Matt Ovey scored for North Molton.

At the top, Ilfracombe Thirds clawed back some ground on leaders Braunton Thirds by beating them 3-0.

Cortt Hewitt, James Harker and Ollie Coles scored for Ilfracombe.

Haxton Rangers took on Equalizers in an Arlington Cup semi-final rematch.

Rangers were 4-1 winners on Saturday, with goals from Lewis Budd and Mac Skinner, and two from Kevin Baddick to take them up to third. Steve Isaac scored for Equalizers.

Bideford CAFC Reserves were 6-0 winners at home to Lynton and Lynmouth.

South Molton drew 1-1 with Morwenstow Reserves in the division’s other game.

Intermediate Two

Title-chasers Bridgerule were held by bottom-of-the-league Park Rangers in Intermediate Two on Saturday.

Goals from Rhys Curtis, Brad Jennings and substitute Sam Longhurst helped Park earn a 3-3 draw.

Bridgerule recovered on Sunday to take the top spot, beating Appledore Lions 4-3.

Northam Lion Reserves were 2-0 winners at Georgeham and Croyde Reserves, and there were six goals each in wins for Hartland Reserves and Braunton Fourths.

Hartland beat Bradworthy Reserves 6-2, with Matt Wonnacott scoring a hat-trick.

Jack Coleman scored a brace and Will Clarke also netted. Ashley Cole and Connor Edworthy scored for Bradworthy, who had Tristan Birch sent off.

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