Deja vu for Academicals

Joseph Bulmer

Pilton Academicals Reserves pushed unbeaten Intermediate Two leaders Torridgeside hard for a second week running, but in an identical score to their league clash the previous week, saw their North Devon Journal Cup hopes finally dashed 3-2.

Torridgeside opened the scoring through Andy Stevens, but Carl Blair pulled Pilton back with an equaliser to go 1-1 at the break.

Pilton skipper Mark Ford was penalised and Torridgeside took the lead again with Gary Hill scoring from the spot. But when the roles were reversed late in the game Ford was unlucky to see his penalty kick hit the post.

A good attacking ball from Andy Keeble put Claudio Pinto clear to put Pilton level again, but only for Torridge substitute Will Taylor to grab the winner with 10 minutes remaining.

Barnstaple FC blasted visiting Buckland Brewer 5-0.

Tom Nash netted a hat-trick to take his goal tally to 23 this term and is now catching his top scoring nephew Connor, who also added one to take him to 29. Maurice Charley was also on target.

Veteran Mark Bithell ‘the oldest player on the field’ also proved the most effective for Bratton Fleming Reserves as he scored twice in their North Devon Journal Cup match at Hartland.

But Bithell’s brace were not enough as Hartland made the move into the next round with a 3-2 win thanks to goals by Mark Colwill, Paul Parker and Russell Sharman.