Tuesday, September 3, 2013
North Devon Gazette Football League round-up
Braunton continued their perfect start to the season with a 3-0 win at home to Shamwickshire Rovers.
There was to be no repeat of Shammy’s shock win over Bideford Reserves earlier in the week as Braunton set about securing a third convincing victory in as many games.
A Ross Maynard brace and a goal from ex-Ilfracombe Town man Mark Gilifillan made it three out of three for Braunton’s first team.
Torrington were next up for Braunton on Tuesday night, after the North Devon Gazette had gone to print.
Barnstaple AAC moved into second after they ran out 5-1 winners against Shebbear United – although Boca Seniors have a game in hand after not playing this weekend.
Bideford Reserves got back on track after their loss to Shammy Rovers with a 5-1 thrashing of North Molton Sports Club.
Manager Dean Johns said he was happy with his team’s response – particularly after falling behind to North Molton – as goals from Nick Glover, Will Nicholls (pen), Phil Kelly, Nathan Bate and Anthony Moyse gave his side the win.
North Molton had started the season well with four points from their first two games, but Bideford were a wounded animal after Tuesday’s defeat and proved far too strong for their opponents.
Last year’s champions Torridgeside had a good week, stringing together a couple of wins.
After losing their opening game, Torridgeside won at Chittlehampton in midweek before adding a 4-1 win at home to Georgeham & Croyde on Saturday to move back up into the higher reaches of the Premier league table.
Nathan Walters scored twice in his first game back after a long injury lay-off with a cruciate knee problem, while Mark Bettiss and Darren Parish also got on the scoresheet.
“It’s two good results,” said manager Barry Payne. “It’s good to have a few of the old players back, like Parish who got us a goal.”
Ilfracombe Town Reserves also picked up their first win of the season with a 3-0 win over Dolton.
Northam Lions are setting the pace in the Senior division after a terrific 4-2 win over Braunton Reserves.
Braunton’s second string had cruised through their first two games, scoring 17 goals without reply, but came unstuck against a Northam side who only managed to scrape victories over South Molton and Morwenstow Reserves – bottom and second bottom of the league respectively – in their previous two games.
Braunton weren’t helped by the fact they played almost the entire game with ten men after a red card in the second minute.
Woolsery’s chequered start to the season took a considerable turn for the better at the weekend with a 12-0 win over Morwenstow Reserves.
Woolsery recorded their first victory of the season in some style, while the defeat saw Morwenstow concede 23 goals in a week following an 11-3 loss to Ashwater in midweek – and their manager leaving the club on Thursday.
Rob Crump scored five, Alan Shaw bagged four, and Josh Johnstone, Jack Smallridge and James Arbuthnott all took the opportunity to get on the scoresheet as well.
Woolsery will face a tougher test on Wednesday when they entertain early pace-setters Northam Lions.
Barnstaple FC turned things around with a 6-0 win over Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves – just three days after losing to Braunton Reserves by the same score.
North Molton Sports Club Reserves recorded a good 4-2 win over Combe Martin to remain in touch at the top.
They’ve now put seven points on the board from a possible nine and travelled to Barnstaple FC on Tuesday, after the North Devon Gazette went to press.
Landkey Town beat Torridgside Reserves in a 7-3 thriller, while Putford picked up a win against Lynton and Lynmouth.
Braunton Thirds and Anchor Chiefs are leading the way in Intermediate One, with both teams making it two wins out of two on Saturday.
Anchor Chiefs picked up a 2-0 win away at Woolacombe & Mortehoe, with Ian Keen’s goal and a Matt Cloak penalty sealing the points for Chiefs.
Braunton Thirds beat Barnstaple FC Reserves 3-1 on the back of a 5-1 win at the other Barnstaple – AAC Reserves.
And they’ve catapulted to the top of the league after not playing a game on the opening weekend with two good victories, but will face a tough test on Tuesday night up against Woolacmbe & Mortehoe.
Pilton Academicals got their first win on the board when they beat Northside Atlantic 6-3, who had yet to play this season until their defeat this weekend.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Ilfracombe Town Thirds, High Bickington and Torrington Reserves.
Fremington Reserves’ encouraging start to the season continued with a 3-0 win over previously-undefeated Anchor Chiefs Reserves.
Fremington smashed South Molton Reserves 9-1 in midweek and kept that form going in something of an early-season six-pointer on Saturday.
South Molton’s second team bounced back impressively from the heavy defeat, inflicting a big defeat of their own on Geogeham & Croyde Reserves on Saturday.
Ross Curtis bagged his first hat-trick for the club in 7-1 win, while Ash Short scored twice and Jeff Henry and Tom Roode both got their names on the scoresheet as well.
Haxton Rangers also made it three wins from three when they beat North Molton Sports Club Thirds 4-0 on Saturday.
The stage is now set for a massive early-season game on Wednesday, when Haxton travel to Fremington Reserves.
Chivenor dropped their first points of the season, drawing 3-3 with Merton Reserves, while Chittlehampton Reserves also notched three points with a win over Woolacombe & Mortehoe Reserves.