Western League double disappointment

16:06 20 February 2013

It was a woeful weekend in the Western League with both Ilfracombe Town and Barnstaple Town beaten by 3-1 margins.

Ilfracombe have a right to feel aggrieved at not salvaging something from the game after dominating the second half.

But the damage was done in the opening half as Melksham’s Gary Higdon first picked up a clearance kick to slot home on half-an-hour and eight minutes later produced a spectacular solo effort, eluding three defenders before crashing home a 20-yard shot for a 2-0 half-time lead.

Ilfracombe dominated possession in the second half and were rewarded when Steve Holland picked up a cross from subsititute Shaun Copp to head home at the far post.

They continued to push, but were unable to find another way through a resolute Melksham defence and the home side made the game safe in stoppage time with a Josh Robinson strike.

After their win of the previous weekend, Barnstaple’s hopes of continuing the upturn foundered at home to a strong Bitton side.

The visitors went ahead with a James Pilling shot from the edge of the box for a 1-0 interval lead and pushed 3-0 in front in the second half as Daine O’Connor picked up a ball from the wing to strike home and Mark Salter headed home from a cross.

Barnstaple showed some good approach play, but were unable to apply the finishing touches before a cross from Jed Harper-Penman resulted in a Bitton own goal.

Barnstaple are due to meet Bitton away in the return tie this Saturday while Ilfracombe entertain high-flying Cadbury Heath.

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 14:00

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

Read more
Yesterday, 12:02

Her’s this week’s South West Peninsula League round-up

Read more
Yesterday, 09:35

Bideford sealed a 34-27 victory in the last phase of the game to close in on leaders Yeovil.

Read more
Tue, 15:15

Three Bideford Amateur Boxing Club members were in action in Port Talbot on Saturday.

Read more
Tue, 14:49

Three first half goals set up a 3-1 defeat for Barnstaple Town against Winchester in Division One South and West

Read more
Tue, 13:54

Barum lost 22-10 to Cinderford in their last away game of the calendar year

Read more
Tue, 12:00

The Lyme Regis ladies’ Division One stableford was won by Rosie Jackman with 38 points as she played some solid steady golf throughout the round to finish three points better than Susan Moore who is running into a bit of good form, writes Richard Jackman.

Read more
Mon, 15:48

The Robins were beaten 2-1 in Division One South and West on Saturday

Read more
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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

Read more
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

There were wins for Appledore and Torridgeside in the South West Peninsula League at the weekend. Here’s this week’s round-up

Read more

Most Read Sport

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 13°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