Bideford pushed, but stay unbeaten

Joseph Bulmer

Bideford Reserves had to come from behind to maintain their unbeaten record in the Senior Division with a 3-2 win away to Braunton Reserves.

The early stages saw plenty of action, with chances for both sides, but it was Bideford who struck first after 11 minutes when James Rees fired in a cross and beat the keeper at the near post.

Bideford maintained the pressure on the Braunton goal for the remainder of the half, but were unable to make their chances count and when they did get the ball into the net the flag was up.

Braunton caught their visitors napping early in the second half when Dave Mason sprinted down the left flank and cut inside to fire home a thunderbolt for the equaliser.

Just when Bideford looked to be getting back into their stride, the home side made it 2-1 when a corner was floated in for Lewis Murrell to head home.

But Bideford rallied and were back on terms within minutes when Rees broke down the wing and sent in a deep cross which Nathan Bate headed home.

In the final quarter-hour they were in front when Carl Holliman hit a curling shot into the top corner.

Bude’s good home record was further enhanced when they overcame the challenge of high flying visitors Chittlehampton 4-1.

Chittle were punished for mistakes at the back by the Bude strikers, who put their team 4-0 up before the visitors gained a consolation in the final 15 minutes from Jamie Giffard.

A young Barnstaple AAC racked up only their second win of the season with a 1-0 result away to Northam Lions.

Josh Marinaro netted the all-important goal after half-an-hour and the Ammies defended well as the Lions had a couple of chances to get back in the second half.

Lynton and Lynmouth romped home 7-0 at home to South Molton to gain vengeance for an early season defeat.

The signs weren’t good when leading scorer Martin Phillips missed a penalty in the opening minutes, but this only spurred him to score twice in the next 10 minutes to set Lynton on their way.

Phillips came off injured after half-an-hour, but Luke Dyer and Max smith stepped in to make it 4-0 by the break.

The scoring continued with goals by Tom Heard, a deflection for an own goal and a home debut goal by young George Gaddes.