Combe in battle to beat the drop

Joseph Bulmer

Ilfracombe dig in to continue good run

ILFRACOMBE Town’s good start to 2011 continued at the weekend with a 4-0 win at Bideford Reserves.

‘Combe, who are still second-from-bottom in the Premier Division table, are unbeaten since December 11, and with two wins and two draws in their last four, have offered evidence that they have the credentials to beat the drop.

Colin Woodcock (2), Mark Gilfillan and Simon Hill scored the goals at the Sports Ground against a Bideford side that appears to be in freefall.

Putford picked up a welcome point with a 2-2 draw at home to Torridgeside. Tom Gleeson and Dan Wilson scored for Putford after the visitors took the lead at Allardice Hall. Torrie rescued a point with three minutes left to play.

Georgeham & Croyde drew 1-1 at home to Barnstaple AAC.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Braunton climbed to second with a 4-2 win against Torrington. On-form striker Simon Townsend grabbed his second hat-trick in two weeks and Callum Norman also found the net.

Braunton were in action again on Sunday, beating Putford 2-0 in the Westward Ho! Cup thanks to goals by Matt Hunnibell and Sam Mitchell.

In the quarter-final of the Brayford Cup, Mark Barrow scored a hat-trick of 25-yard free-kicks as Boca Seniors overcame old foes Shamwickshire Rovers 3-0 to set up a semi-final against either Appledore Reserves or Braunton, who play at the weekend.

North Molton took a 3-0 lead at home to Dolton thanks to two goals by Greg Holland and a Ben Keighley penalty.

Rangers manager Neil Batty gave his squad a Scott Parker-esque half-time grilling and they responded with a 20 minute flourish, Billy Tubb and Ben Lake handing the visitors a lifeline.

But with the comeback in full swing, the Stags regained their composure as Holland fired a third and Colin Welch, and Ian Wheatley both scored to make it 6-2 and secure a semi-final with Bradworthy, who were 4-1 victors at home to Combe Martin.