Bratton are quick out of the blocks

Joseph Bulmer

BRATTON Fleming stormed into the final of the Combe Martin Cup with a scintillating 5-1 win over Senior Division title rivals Woolsery.

In the pre-match team talk, manager Eddie Cameron had given his players licence to get at their opponents from the off.

And they responded by taking a 2-0 lead with just three minutes on the clock, Stuart Cameron and Martin Edwards firing their side out of the blocks in emphatic style.

The attacking football produced a good chance for Damian Green to score the third soon after. Green was fouled in the box and put away the resulting penalty only for it to be ruled out for an infringement. With the responsibility to find the net from 12 yards for a second time, Green put his shot wide of the post.

Woolsery pulled a goal back but they had their keeper to thank for a string of saves that kept them in the tie going in to the half-time break.

Cameron made it 3-1 from the spot after the re-start and Edwards scored his second too as Bratton extended their lead.

Substitute Marcus Mahoney was denied by the keeper late on before fellow substitute Maurice Charley played in Liam Hawkins for the fifth.

Bratton will play Shebbear United in the final at Hollands Park, Combe Martin on Saturday, April 23, kick-off 6pm.

Shebbear beat Bude Town 5-2 thanks to a hat-tick by skipper Greg Mitchell, a goal by Stuart Quance and an own-goal.

With Shebbear in cup action, Pilton Academicals closed the gap at the top of the Senior Division to two points with a 5-1 win at Combe Martin Reserves.

The Accies took just six minutes to find the net at Hollands Park, Claudio Pinto powering home a header from Quyen Tran’s cross.

Pinto scored second on 24 minutes after latching onto Carl Blair’s through ball.

James Gregory, Antony Higgs and Brendan Patton added to the tally in the second half, with Higgs’ volley on the turn the pick of the bunch.

George Gaddes scored a late penalty for the hosts two minutes from time after Luke Alcock was adjudged to have handled.

Park United finished the game with just eight players after going 4-0 down at Braunton Reserves. Sam McCreadie scored two penalties and there were goals for Steve Burley and new signing Richard Cotterill before the cards were dished out to a trio of frustrated Park players.

Chittlehampton came back from 4-1 down to beat Barnstaple AAC Reserves 5-4 with just minutes to play at Pottington Road.

Oliver Rigler (2) Adam Chugg and Karl Smith fired the hosts into a seemingly unassailable lead but Chittle’ found their feet and built on Ciaron Lishman’s first-half strike in a remarkable second half turn-around.

Liam Craze and Matt Jones pulled the scores back to 4-3 and with three minutes left to play Ross Williams cracked in a long range equaliser. The stage was set for Rob Murch to bag an unlikely winner with seconds running out.

Rob Crump, Darren Polhill and Trevor May scored first-half goals for Northam Lions in a 3-2 win at South Molton. Ryan Isaac and Jamie Giffard were on target for the Images, who made life difficult for their promotion-chasing visitors.

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