Bluebirds go top of the tree

Joseph Bulmer

Ilfracombe Reserves stick it to the Rangers

ILFRACOMBE Town Reserves are the new leaders of the North Devon Gazette League Premier Division following their sixth win from seven this season.

There were goals for Colin Woodcock, Craig Hawkins and Pete Varley as the Bluebirds continued their storming start to the new campaign with a 3-1 win at Dolton Rangers.

North Molton went second when they posted double figures against a struggling Combe Martin side still looking to register a point this season.

The Stags took no prisoners with a 14-0 win at Rocksfield, Greg Holland leading the line with a double hat-trick and Colin Welch firing five. James Tapp, Ian Wheatley and Benjamin New were also on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, champions Boca Seniors got back on track with a 5-2 win at home to Appledore Reserves. Scott Sharpe scored a hat-trick and there was a double for Tom Marsh as the Fishermen could only muster goals by Tom Barton and Ben Boswell.

In the Senior Division, new boys Park United have gone top of the table with a 4-3 win in the match against North Molton Reserves. The win follows a satisfying 6-2 midweek drubbing of rivals Northam Lions. Dave Brown, Kevin Buck, Mark Hill scored two each for Park, who lead the pack after Pilton Academicals were beaten for the first time this season. The Accies lost 5-3 at Torrington Reserves.

Bideford Reserves made it five wins from five and look in ominously good form as they moved into second spot in the table. The Robins blasted bottom side Barnstaple AAC Reserves 8-0 on Saturday.

Still struggling to find a regular goalkeeper, South Molton picked up a badly-needed three points with a 3-2 home win against newly-promoted Lynton & Lynmouth on Saturday.

Wayne Colton took the job this week and earned himself the man-of-the-match plaudits in the process.

Leading at half time with a goal by Tyler Newnham, Lynton equalised before the Images went in front again with a free-kick by manager Rob Reed.

The visitors pulled level again three minutes from time before Dave Isaac hit a memorable winner seconds before the final whistle.

In Intermediate One, leaders Fremington dropped points for only the second time this season in a 1-1 draw against Hartland. Andy King scored for Fremington while Wayne Hobbs was on target for Harland.

Second-placed Northside Atlantic made it five wins from six and continued their early bid for second successive promotions. Northside beat High Bickington 5-3 with goals by Carl Armstrong (2), Lee Childs, Andy Clarke and Mark Palmer. Darren Avery and Fraser Reeves scored for High Bick.

Equalizers also maintained their good start with a 4-2 win at Putford Reserves. Substitute Nico Pfeiffer scored two and Matt Hawkins and Phil Norman were also on target for the Barnstaple side, while Thomas Gleeson scored both for Putford.

Merton’s Craig McConnachie scored two and Nathan Delaune, Brendan Harris and Lewis Harris also scored in a 5-1 win against Braunton Thirds.

There were goals galore in the game between Sporting Barum and Woolacombe & Mortehoe. Howard Dennis bagged two and there were singles for Stuart Haynes, Chay Isaac and Matthew Lambert as the seasiders overcame Barum 5-2 at Rock Park. Lee Byrne and James Charles scored for the hosts.

Intermediate Two leaders Barnstaple FC romped to a massive 15-1 victory over Chittlehampton Reserves at Tews Lane. Connor Nash led the assault with five goals while Dale Russell put his laces through four. Maurice Charley and Robert Davidson chipped in with two each, while Matthew Ransley notched a consolation for sorry Chittle’.

Torridgeside Reserves maintained their impressive start with a 6-0 win against Hartland Reserves. Sam Pett (2), Andrew Stevens (2) Dean Andrews and Jay Sullivan scored the goals for Torrie, who sit behind the leaders on goal difference.

Tom Hannah (2) and Jamie Jarman scored for Braunton Fourths in a 3-0 win against North Molton Thirds and Bratton Fleming Reserves put in their best performance of the season to fire four past Anchor Chiefs without reply. Neil Tweedie scored two and there were singles for Rob Scoines and George Lane.

Pilton Academicals Reserves dug deep to record their first points of the season. The Accies took a first half lead through Gary Grant and rode their luck at times as opponents Northam Lions Thirds went looking for an equaliser without success.

Fremington Reserves and Buckland Brewer played out a 2-2 draw, with Harry Chambers and Matthew Pow on target for the hosts. Simon Adams and Marcus Jarvis scored for Brewer.