Fremington send in the cavalry

Joseph Bulmer

Former Boca striker opens his account for Intermediate Two league leaders

WHEN you’re apparently cruising towards promotion in your first season back in the league, it’s always nice to be able to call on a reinforcement to help bolster the campaign.

Intermediate Two leaders Fremington have done just that with the signing of prolific Boca Seniors striker Richard Shannon.

And the new man didn’t take long to get going, firing two goals in a 4-1 win at home to Bratton Fleming Reserves on Saturday. Andy King and Darren Vaughan also found the net for Fremington, while Andrew Kellaway scored a consolation for Bratton.

Second-placed Northside Atlantic beat Bradworthy Reserves 6-1 thanks to four goals by Dan Woolf and singles for Carl Armstrong and Keiran Hodge. Goalkeeper Dan Barnes saved a crucial penalty when Northside were leading 2-1.

On Sunday, Northside progressed to their first ever cup final thanks to a Hansen Cup semi-final win against Northam Lions.

With the scores locked at 3-3 and just minutes to go until extra-time, Woolf scored a towering header to round off a memorable hat-tick and win the tie.

Charlie Harding (2) and Adam Halling had earlier scored the goals for the Lions, while Matt Cann was also on target for Northside, who will play Wrey Arms in the final on Monday, May 2.

South Molton Reserves hammered Chittlehampton Reserves 9-1 with hat-tricks by Dale Russell and Tony Burgess, and singles by Adam Thorne, Brendon Shaddick and an own goal.

Pilton Academicals Reserves beat North Molton Thirds 7-2 with two goals each for Matthew Dellar and Gary Grant, and copy-cat glancing headers from corner kicks for James Doble and Shane King.

Russell Burrington’s cool finish from 12 yards was the pick of the bunch, the end product of a flowing one-touch passing move that began in Pilton’s own half.

Tom and Connor Nash scored two each in a 4-2 win against AFC Anchor Reserves and striker-turned-goalkeeper-turned-striker Mark Tattersall found the net seven minutes from time as Anchor Chiefs took the points in a 1-0 win against Northam Lions Thirds.

Chiefs manager, Mick Tattersall, who is also Mark’s uncle, said: “Mark is a striker but he took the keeper job as a favour to me in 2008.

“He had hurt his hand so I took the punt of giving him a well-deserved outfield debut.

“We were all joking on the sidelines that he would score the winner and when that actually happened I was gobsmacked.”