Mistakes prove costly for title contenders Pilton
SENIOR Division title contenders Pilton Academicals have dropped points for the second time in two weeks.
The Accies, who had last weekâ€™s 2-1 win against Braunton Reserves overturned by league officials due to a mistake on the teamsheet, were beaten on the pitch by South Molton Reserves on Saturday.
The Images took the lead in the second half when Piltonâ€™s Kevin Ten-Bokkel deflected a Mark Power shot into his own net.
The hosts levelled with an own goal of their own following Aaron Yeoâ€™s corner but new signing Paul Brown, who has recently made the switch from North Molton, scored on his debut to give South Molton a memorable win.
On Saturday, the Accies beat North Molton 3-2 in the Holman Cup with goals by Aaron Richmond, Claudio Pinto and Matt Hunt.
Manager Aidan McCarthy said: â€œIt was a much better performance than Saturday but there is still a lot of room for manoeuvre.
â€œWe shouldâ€™ve scored more but at least we were creating the chances.â€
There were no slip ups from leaders Bideford Reserves, who improved on their earlier draw against Chittlehampton Reserves with a 4-0 win.
Joe Grimley scored two and there were singles for Ben Ford and Rikki Williams.
Northam Lions Reserves came from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Lynton & Lynmouth at Burrough Farm. Martyn Phillips beat the Lions defence on three occasions and rounded the goalkeeper each time on his way to scoring a hat-trick.
Jack Pugsley looked to have put the game beyond reach when he scored a similar individual effort for Lynton.
But in a dramatic turnaround, Northam scored three in three minutes, Ian Keen and Andrew Spencer capitalising on a bad back pass and two slips by the visiting defence. Andy Fee scored the equaliser from a free-kick.
Lynton manager Jim Mirow said heâ€™d never been involved in a game like it.
â€œWe threw it away in 10 minutes and were lucky to come home with a point,â€ he said.
Torrington Reserves climbed off the bottom of the table with a 5-1 against Barnstaple AAC Reserves. Kier Rees scored the only goal for the Ammies.
Braunton Reserves beat Woolsery 2-1 with second-half goals by Jordan Darch and Sam McCreadie.
Park United beat Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves 3-1 in the Bideford derby and Wrey Arms were beaten 3-1 at Bude Town.
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