Premier Division: England gets Robins going again in 2013

21:46 16 January 2013

The North Devon Gazette Football League

The North Devon Gazette Football League

Archant

A SINGLE Jake England goal gave North Devon Gazette Premier Division leaders Bideford Reserves their first win in their opening game of the new year.

The Robins switched venues in order to get the ball rolling in 2013, sacrificing a March home tie with Barnstaple AAC in order to get a game on after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Boca Seniors only managed a 1-0 win at Pottington Road the previous week and the match against Bideford was every bit as tight.

England put the visitors in front after 20 minutes when he followed up Will Nicholls’ parried shot, and Bideford were unable to double their lead on 60 minutes when Aaron Stevens had a penalty saved.

Torridgeside kept the pressure on the leaders with a 2-1 at home to Ilfracombe Reserves.

Paddy Ions opened the scoring from the penalty spot and doubled the lead with his second before the break.

The hosts felt hard done by to have two second-half strikes ruled out and had to endure what manager Barry Paine described as a ‘nervy’ finish after Ryan Welch pulled one back for ‘Combe with five minutes to go.

Shebbear United moved to the highest league position in the club’s history when they climbed to 10th place after an unlikely comeback against Shamwickshire Rovers.

Visitors Shammy went 2-0 up in the first half through Ben Evans-Loude and James Bateman.

James Vanstone pulled a goal back after the break before Shebbear player-manager Martin Davey was shown a red card for the first time in a 10-year career in local football.

The foul on Shammy goalkeeper Dan Elston was deemed bookable, as was a previous challenge on Mark Jury.

But despite being reduced to 10 men, Shebbear found themselves back on level terms on the hour mark, Greg Mitchell saving Vanstone’s blushes as he polished off his team mate’s squandered penalty kick.

And Mitchell was the hosts’ hero when he bagged the winner with five minutes to go.

In the day’s other result, Dave Richards scored a second-half equaliser for Putford in a 1-1 draw at home to Appledore Reserves.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Wed, 09:40

North Devon angling scene, with Tony Gussin

Read more
Tue, 16:00

The North Devon Gazette Football League’s cup competitions kicked off at the weekend.

Read more
Tue, 15:02

The Robins put in an impressive performance to beat the Gulls 3-1 at the Sports Ground on Monday evening.

Read more
Tue, 14:22

Barum are still looking for their first win after conceding 12 tries on the way to defeat on Saturday.

Read more
Mon, 15:01

More than 700 runners set off from Rock Park for the marathon and half-marathon on Sunday morning.

Read more
Mon, 12:17

Titans and Carol Anne Diamonds were both in action in the South West Regional League One.

Read more
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Barum lost 2-0 to Bishops Cleeve in Division One South and West this afternoon (Saturday)

Read more
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Club chairman reveals plans for improvements at Mill Road after being awarded a ‘long awaited’ grant

Read more
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Barum ran in four tries in their National League Two South Game, but were on the wrong end of a 43-26 scoreline.

Read more
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bideford played their first home match of the new Tribute South West One West season on Saturday.

Read more

Most Read Sport

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 9°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications