Bratton find Town too hot to handle

Joseph Bulmer

Devon Senior Cup derby decided in second-half goal blitz at Mill Road

BARNSTAPLE Town Reserves booked their place in the last 16 of the Devon Firewatch Senior Cup with a 5-0 win at Mill Road on Saturday.

The Devon & Exeter Division One side fly the flag as the only North Devon side left in this season’s competition – but they do so at the expense of North Devon Gazette League neighbours Bratton Fleming, who were outclassed in a solid second-half display by Barum.

Town – playing their first game in three weeks – looked rusty in the early stages and Bratton held their own with first half spells of good quality football.

But two Sam Box headers and a curling right foot shot from the edge of the box by player-manager Keith Shapland gave Barnstaple the impetus they needed to go on and win the match at a canter.

A solo effort by Louis Murrell and a strike by Craig Sandle secured the 5-0 win and set up a fourth round away tie at Chard Town on December 4.

“With the game being at Mill Road, this was their cup final and Bratton came out battling as you’d expect,” said manager Shapland.

“But we upped our game in the second half and did what we had to do.”

In the league, Pilton Academicals kept the pressure on leaders Northam Lions with a 7-0 victory at home to bottom side Hartland.

James Gregory scored penalties in either half and there were goals for James Scothon, Aaron Richmond, Carl Blair, Antony Higgs and Matt Hunt, who found the net from 25 yards with a drilled shot that was all about power and precision.

The Accies were back in action on Sunday, this time in the Braunton Cup at home to Chittlehampton.

Richmond and Higgs both pick up their second goals of the weekend but the plaudits went to centre-back skipper Luke Allcock, who smashed the ball home in the final minutes of extra-time to win the match 3-2.

Shamwickshire Reserves beat Shebbear United at the third time of asking. Chris Allan (2) and Craig Russell scored for Shammy in the 3-1 win.

In other results, Mischa Howe and Nick Glover scored for Woolsery in a 2-1 win against Braunton Reserves.