Goal hungry leaders continue to sizzle

Joseph Bulmer

Torridgeside and Barnstaple weigh in with more high-scoring wins

TORRIDGESIDE and Barnstaple FC continue to bang in the goals as their sizzling starts to the Intermediate Two campaign show no signs of slowing.

Despite tempering their efforts in front of goal following last weekend’s impressive 22-0 victories, both sides were in free-scoring form again, with Torrie knocking Georgeham & Croyde Reserves for six and Barnstaple putting seven past Fremington Reserves.

Tom Nash scored a hat-trick for Barnstaple, who are joint top with Torridgeside with a plus-40 goal difference compared to the leader’s plus-50. Connor Nash scored two and there were singles for Maurice Charley and Stuart McKinnon.

Sam Pett led the line for Torridgeside in the 6-1 win at Georgeham. The other goals were scored by Andy Stevens, Jay Sullivan, Jules Dymond and an own goal.

The sides have now scored 108 goals between them in just 16 games.

South Molton Reserves welcomed the return of Graham Shapland as they banished the memory of last week’s horrific 22-0 defeat against Torridgeside with a 5-3 win at home to Pilton Academicals Reserves.

Pilton went 2-0 up through Lee Ellis and Gary Grant but Tyler Newnham pulled one back for the Images before the break.

Ben Sladden levelled the scores from the penalty spot five minutes after the re-start and Dave Isaac made it 3-2 for the hosts on 65 minutes.

Sixteen-year-old man-of-the-match Tom Roode scored his first for the club five minutes later before Newnham hit his second of the day soon after.

Joe Winfield pulled one back for Pilton five minutes before the final whistle, but it was no consolation for the Accies, who lost skipper Martyn Mules with a dislocated knee mid-way through the match.

Neil Challis scored a hat-trick for Anchor Chiefs in a 4-3 win against Northam Lions Thirds.

Mark Tattersall – playing up front instead of his usual position between the sticks – was also on target in an open game played at Northam’s adopted Torrington School pitch.

In the day’s other result, Chittlehampton Reserves and Buckland Brewer shared the points in a 1-1 draw.