‘Combe come up trumps at the Pollyfield

Joseph Bulmer

Resurgent Bluebirds pick up a valuable three points in East-the-Water

IN the few games that were played at the weekend, Premier Division climbers Ilfracombe Reserves claimed a mighty scalp at the Pollyfield Centre with a 1-0 win against Shamwickshire Rovers.

The visitors battled against a strong wind to hold the hosts to 0-0 at half-time and broke clear to score through Colin Woodcock with around 20 minutes left to play.

Manager Steve Boni said: “Their long throw-in caused us no end of problems but we dug in and defended well under a lot of pressure. Rob Holmes had a superb game in goal for us.”

Jordan Darch, Simon Townsend and new signing Radley Watkins scored for Braunton in a 3-0 win at Dolton, while Torridgeside’s Nathan Walter (2) and Richie Bright scored in a 3-0 win at Bideford Reserves. Torrie’s Harry Taffs picked up the man-of-the-match award for a work ethic that took him to every inch of the Sports Ground pitch.

In the Senior Division, Bratton Fleming beat leaders Shebbear United 3-1 with goals by Neil Tweedie, Damian Green and Joe Toop, who put in a man-of-the-match performance with a man-marking job on Shebbear’s Martin Davey.

Northam Lions got back to winning ways with an 8-0 win at home to Park United. James Rees scored four, Trevor May got two and there were singles for Darren Polhill and Paul Gumbley.

Andy Mason and Sam McCreadie scored second half goals as Braunton Reserves came back from 2-0 down to rescue a point at home to North Molton Reserves.

Shamwickshire Rovers Reserves snatched a 3-2 win at Bude. Barnaby Glover scored the first for Shammy, who were forced to field veteran Elliot Waldron in goal. Man-of-the-match son, Kyle Waldron, made it 2-2 with five minutes to play and with the clock ticking, Tom Phipps finished well from 10 yards to win the match.

Manager John Jefferies said: “For a young side missing a number of senior players, the way we played and the spirit we showed to come back twice and win was outstanding and a real credit to the side.”

In Intermediate One, leaders Lynton were beaten 3-0 at home to AFC Anchor, who capitalised on two poor goalkeeping errors and a penalty kick to claim an unlikely win.

Lynton even missed three penalties, one each by Martyn Phillips, Luke Dyer and Connor Constable.

Wrey Arms moved to within two points of Lynton with a 3-0 win at High Bickington. Two goals by Craig Smith and a Dan Dayman penalty wrapped up the points against the division’s bottom side.

In the only Intermediate Two game, Mark Hallett, Andy Wenham and Ashley Short scored for Northam Lions Thirds in a 3-3 draw at North Molton Thirds.