Braunton snatch third title

Joseph Bulmer

It went right down to the wire in the North Devon Girls U16 League on Saturday when Braunton U16s clinched their third title in succession.

They beat long time leaders Barnstaple 2-1 in the last match of the season with determined display.

Braunton took an early lead through Luisa Capocci’s clinical finish from an exquisite Laura Wheaton pass.

This was cancelled out by Barnstaple’s Alice Binns, but Braunton captain Hayley Reed clinched the title for her team with a long range shot early in the second half.

Holsworthy U14s confirmed their place as runaway champions by winning all three games and completing the season unbeaten.

Bideford U12s were again unable to overcome champions Braunton, who completed a promising first season by winning 4-0 thanks to goals from Sophie Cox (2) and Phoebe Oreshko (2).