Bottom team takes the honours

Joseph Bulmer

Combe Martin celebrate their first win of the season

THE bottom of the table provided the news in the North Devon Gazette League Premier Division this week as Combe Martin chalked up their first win in 19 games.

Their 2-1 win came at home to no less a side than third-placed North Molton – who beat them 14-0 earlier in the season.

Goalkeeper Tom Hook was the hero of the hour as he denied North Molton what could have been a handful of goals in the opening half.

It remained goalless at the break, but within four minutes of the re-start Matt Beveridge gave Combe the lead.

North Molton pulled back to level, but with less than five minutes remaining substitute Gavin Pincombe found a foot-wide gap between keeper and post to squeeze in the winner.

“We have been getting better for some weeks and have had some much closer games recently,” said spokesman Moose Boyer.

Second-placed Braunton had top scorer Elliott Whitecross on the bench for their tricky match at home to Appledore Reserves.

But they need not have feared as striker Simon Townsend netted a hat-trick to give them a 3-0 victory.

Playing into a strong wind Braunton were held to 0-0 at the break, but then Townsend turned it into a breeze.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy,” said Braunton spokesman Mark Harris. “Appledore are a good side and beat Boca just before Christmas. But we put in a good shift and we got the rewards.”

The win moves Braunton to within one point of leaders Ilfracombe Reserves, who were without a game, and they have a game in hand.

Shamwickshire were strolling along 3-0 ahead at home to Georgeham and Croyde with just 15 minutes of their game remaining, but then came two goals from the visitors in five minutes to make some anxious moments before a 3-2 win.

Matt Downing opened the scoring for Shammy with a swansong goal before he leaves them to join the Army and their others came from Dean Moran and Ben Evans.

Second half substitutions helped Putford take the spoils in a 4-0 win away to Shebbear.

A Jamie Ashton goal was all that separated the sides at half-time. But substitutes Dave Richardson and Dane Wilson then both came on and scored and Chris Pomeroy blasted a spectacular long-range volley for the icing on the cake.

Bradworthy were 2-0 winners away to Torrington with goals by Tudor Placinta and Jack Walter.

Torridgeside kept up their challenge with a comprehensive 5-1 win away to Barnstaple Ammies.