Tuesday, March 12, 2013
FREMINGTON are back on top of the Senior Division following a 6-0 win away to Bude Town.
They leapfrog one point ahead of Torrington, who were without a game.
Fremington were quickly out of the blocks, playing some good football, especially in the first half and, importantly, they had their shooting boots on.
Andy King ran on to a long ball over the top to open the scoring after 10 minutes.
Then Simon Larcombe fizzed in a cross from the byline for Wayne Parkhouse to double the lead and another cross was deflected in by a Bude defender to make it 3-0 after 30 minutes.
An Andy King shot was judged to have been stopped by a defender’s hand, reducing Bude to 10 men and allowing Josh Miller to make it 4-0 from the penalty spot before half-time.
Simon Larcombe hit a 30-yarder and Parkhouse steered a Josh Hooper cross in off the woodwork to complete the scoring.
Third-placed Combe Martin also maintained momentum with a 5-1 result away to fourth-placed Woolsery.
All the goals came in the second half of a match delayed when players from both sides were caught up in a traffic incident on the Torridge Bridge.
Combe fielded a mixed team, including players who have made only a few appearances this season. But it did not hold them back as they dominated the second half, scoring through Simon Townsend (2), Carl Power (2) and Radley Watkins, with Woolsery’s only reply coming from Ryan Mudway.
Merton scored all six goals in a 5-1 win away to North Molton Reserves.
Merton score them all
A Nick Ward own goal gave North Molton the lead, but Merton were 2-1 up by the break with a brace from Nathan Delaune.
The second half saw a spectacular George Nancekivell ‘cross’ from the wing curl in over the keeper, then Brendan Harris and Craig McConnachie pulled Merton further ahead.
There were also five goals for Northam Lions, who made a roaring start when Joe Davies struck twice in the opening eight minutes at home to Shamwickshire Reserves.
Shammy pulled one back with young Tom Pate’s first goal in senior football, but two from Robbie Crump, one from the spot, put Lions 4-1 up at the break.
The second half was more even, with Shammy pulling back another with a 25-yarder from James Jarroudi before Paul Gumbley made it 5-2.
For so long the whipping boys of the division, Ashwater continued their revival and climb away from the bottom with a 1-0 win away to Lynton and Lynmouth.
They twice hit the woodwork before Tony Knight scored the vital goal with 15 minutes to go.
Lynton had made changes to their side to save players for their Holman Cup semi-final the following day, but made no excuses for their defeat, even struggling when they were up against 10 Ashwater men for the opening 15 minutes.
Park United were 5-0 winners at home to Pilton Academicals, who now fill the bottom spot.
Park started brightly and were soon in front with a Kevin Buck goal.
A controversial penalty saw Mark Hill double their lead despite a good effort by the Pilton keeper, then Buck finished well to score again following a long throw from James Rees.
Stephen Skinner made it 4-0 before half-time and also hit the fifth with a good turn and shot after another Rees long throw.